Past Projects

Past Projects

Alternatives to plastic mulch for organic watermelon production

WatermelonComparing mulches for weed management in organic watermelon.

KSU Contacts:
Michael Bomford, Tony Silvernail

Duration: 2006-07

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Biofumigation in organic high tunnel and conventional field vegetables

mustardOn-farm tests of brassica cover crops for their potential to control soil-borne diseases that threaten two emerging vegetable production systems in Kentucky.
    • Preliminary study results, 2006 (pdf)
    • Preliminary results, 2007
    • Streaming video introducing high tunnel production system and presenting results from 2007 and 2008 high tunnel studies

KSU Contacts:
Michael Bomford, George Antonious

Duration: 2006-10

Funding: SARE

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Companion plant spacing calculator

mustardA spreadsheet to calculate spacing in mixed plantings.

KSU Contacts:
Michael Bomford

Duration: 2008

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Effects of scale on sustainability of organic food and biofuel feedstock production

Biofuel CropsComparing land, labor, and energy-use efficiency at different scales of organic mixed-use food and fuel crop production.

KSU Contacts:
Michael Bomford, Tony Silvernail

Duration: 2007-12

Funding: Evans-Allen

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Does Brix equal quality? Testing a popular alternative agriculture hypothesis using kale

Refractometer and
kaleDoes the soluble solid content of kale juice, measured with a refractometer in degrees Brix, correlate with other quality parameters?

KSU Contacts:
Changzheng WangMichael Bomford

Duration: 2006-07

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Evaluation of alternative bioethanol feedstock crops

Alternative
bioethanol feedstock cropsHow do sweet corn, sweet potato, sweet sorghum and Jerusalem artichoke compare in terms of land-use efficiency for ethanol production in a low-input organic system?

KSU Contacts:
Michael Bomford, Tony Silvernail

Duration: 2007

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Evaluation of organic diets for Nile tilapia

Alternative
bioethanol feedstock cropsAssessing organically-certified yeast and soybean meal as a complete protein replacements for fish meal in organic tilapia diets.

KSU Contacts:
Carl Webster

Duration: 2008-09

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Evaluating a beneficial insect lure (PredaLure®) in sweet corn

Benallure on sweet
cornTesting a commercial product intended to attract predatory flying insects such as lady beetles and lacewings.

KSU Contacts:
John Sedlacek

Duration: 2008-10

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The Great Kale Cook-Off

GrapesA taste test to determine how people like their kale cooked. Recipes and results.

KSU Contacts:
Changzheng WangMichael Bomford

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Mowing of primocane blackberries to manage stinkbugs organically

Biofuel CropsDeveloping insect pest management practices that allow certified organic production of high-value primocane blackberries.

KSU Contacts:
John Sedlacek, Michael Bomford, Kirk Pomper

Duration: 2007-11

Funding: KDA, through USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant

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Natural capsaicinoids: Alternative pesticides for organic growers

peppersDeveloping botanical insecticides from peppers, and evaluating their environmental impact.

KSU Contact:
George Antonious

Duration: 2004-06

Funding: Capacity

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On-farm ethanol production from alternative feedstocks

MicrofuelerEvaluating of a new tool for on-farm ethanol fuel production from high-carbohydrate waste products commonly available on small Kentucky farms.

Contacts:
Michael BomfordJon CambronTony SilvernailKirk Pomper

Duration: 2009-12

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Organic cucumber beetle management in muskmelon

Spotted Cucumber
BeetleEvaluation of pyrethrum insecticide, reflective mulch, companion plants, and row covers for cucumber beetle management in organic muskmelons. 

Contact:
John Sedlacek, Tony Silvernail

Duration: 2002-04

Funding: SARE

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Organic pawpaw production

pawpaw clusterDeveloping practices to promote earlier bearing and consistent tree performance, and longer tree life for organic and limited resource farmers.

Contact:
Kirk Pomper

Duration: 2005-08

Funding: SARE

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Organic weed management in sweet corn and edamame soybean

Edamame plotsA soil-to-plate study, examing the effect of various organic cultivation and weed management tactics on soil quality, weed pressure, crop yield, and crop quality. Includes complementary studies examining the effectiveness of corn gluten meal as a herbicide.

KSU Contacts:
Tony Silvernail, Michael Bomford, Changzheng Wang

Duration: 2004-07

Funding: Evans-Allen

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Physical pest management tools

Slug fenceTraps and barriers to protect plants from pests.

KSU Contact:
Michael Bomford

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Selection of primocane fruiting blackberries using organic practices

BlackberriesEvaluating suitability for organic production of new blackberry varieties that bear fruit on current-season cane.

Contact:
Kirk Pomper

Duration: 2006-11

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Sweet corn pest management and ecology

peppersA whole-crop ecological comparison of organic, conventional, and biotechnology-enhanced sweet corn production systems.

Contact:
John Sedlacek

Duration: 2004-08

Funding: Evans-Allen

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Training extension personnel in sustainable vegetable production

Biofuel CropsTraining Cooperative Extension personnel in sustainable vegetable production to increase sustainably farmed and certified organic vegetable acreage in Tennessee and Kentucky.  

KSU Contacts:
Michael Bomford

Duration: 2010-12

Funding: SARE

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Vegetable safety from farm to table

lettuce harvestA multi-state study examining producer, retailer and consumer beliefs and practices that affect vegetable safety.

KSU Contacts:
Louie Rivers, Marion Simon

Duration: 2007-11

Funding: USDA-CSREES

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Year-round vegetable production in a solar-heated high tunnel

high tunnel in snowA demonstration of continuous organic vegetable production in northern Kentucky using only the heat of the sun. The system is being analyzed for economic returns and energy use.

Contacts:
Michael Bomford, Tony Silvernail, Marion Simon

Duration: 2005-12

Funding: SARE, USDA-RMA

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