- Vegetables: beets
- Crop Production: organic fertilizers
- Production Systems: general crop production
- Soil Management: soil analysis
Controlling weeds can be time consuming for organic farmers, and this time eats into profits. The farmer will test the effectiveness of using corn gluten meal as an organic herbicide for beets and compare the results with test plots that have been manually weeded. He will monitor germination, labor, beet yield, and the types of weeds affected by the corn gluten meal treatment; results will be shared with extension, a home and garden information center, and the local media.