Cornell University Cooperative Extension and the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program have recently released nine new organic production guides for farmers. These new guides provide information on how to produce certified organic apples, blueberries, grapes, lettuce, potatoes, spinach, strawberries and cole crops, including cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. These free downloadable guides cover biological, mechanical, and cultural controls for the major insects and diseases affecting these crops and include sections on cover crops, resistant varieties, crop rotation, field selection, soil quality and nutrient management.
While written for commercial organic producers, the guides contain lots of information that organic home gardeners will find useful as well. Many helpful links are listed to additional information on organic farming and gardening, soil building and fact sheets on specific insects and diseases.
To download these organic production guides, go to: Organic Production Guides.