Organic Production Winter Webinar Series

Ohio State will host a series of organic production webinars on Wednesdays this winter, from 11-11:45 a.m. The series will provide opportunities for Ohio’s organic community to learn about Ohio State research and resources. Each session includes time for questions and discussion. We hope participating organic farmers and those interested in organic production will share their own experience, observations, questions, and ideas. Farmers considering organic certification or seeking ways to lower their farm inputs will also benefit from the presentations, as will educators and researchers interested in organic issues and management. A range of topics are planned. Some sessions of interest to agronomic crop producers are listed below.

According to the 2019 USDA Census of Agriculture, Ohio ranks 5th among U.S. states in the number of certified organic farms. Since the 2016 organic census, Ohio’s organic sales and cropland acres have both increased by more than 35%. The Buckeye state ranks among the top 10 states in organic soybean, corn, oats, and dairy production.

January 6, 2021, 11 a.m.

Cover Crops Suitable for Organic Production - Rachel Cochran, Amanda Douridas, Jason Hartschuh, Sarah Noggle, OSU Extension

January 13, 2021, 11 a.m.

Transition Q&A - Julia Barton, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

February 3, 2021, 11 a.m.

Cultural Control Strategies for Nightmare Weeds – Doug Doohan

February 24, 2021, 11 a.m.

Organic Dairy Herd Health Management – Caroline Brock and Jessica Pempek

March 3, 2021, 11 a.m.

Tips for Using/Attracting Beneficial Insects – Mary Gardiner

March 17, 2021, 11 a.m.

Management Practices That Impact Soil Health and Organic Matter - Christine Sprunger

All speakers are affiliated with Ohio State unless otherwise indicated. For a full list of the organic production winter webinar series including connection information, visit You can also sign up to receive email reminders for some or all of the events. For questions, contact Cassandra Brown at

Crop Observation and Recommendation Network

C.O.R.N. Newsletter is a summary of crop observations, related information, and appropriate recommendations for Ohio crop producers and industry. C.O.R.N. Newsletter is produced by the Ohio State University Extension Agronomy Team, state specialists at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). C.O.R.N. Newsletter questions are directed to Extension and OARDC state specialists and associates at Ohio State.