Testing a biological fertility program for organic grains.

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2000: $12,113.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2000
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $1,464.00
Region: Northeast
State: Vermont
Project Leader:
Ben Gleason
Gleason Grains


  • Agronomic: wheat


  • Crop Production: organic fertilizers
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil analysis

    Proposal summary:

    This project will compare several fertility treatments for an organic wheat field where the soil has come to harbor Fusorium pathogens. The field will be treated with composted dairy manure, with and without mineral supplements, and a standard organic fertility treatment of poultry manure, lime, and rock phosphate. The farmer hopes the compost will suppress disease by promoting a healthy soil microbial community while simultaneously fertilizing the soil.

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