Innovative technologies for organic farming, 2006

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ASABE session 140-BE3 on Innovative technologies for organic farming, AIM July 9th 2006, Portland Oregon
Organizer: Hala Chaoui

About Innovative Technologies for Organic Farming
Organic farming requires excessive labor as an alternative to the chemical suppression of herbicides and certain pests. It also relies heavily on costly organic matter amendments. This limits organic farming adoption, which has ecological and economic advantages. Advanced technologies can be designed to enhance the driving principle behind organic practices. These principles are maintaining a high biological activity in the soil and eliminating non-target effects of pesticides and the side-effect of synthetic fertilizers (increased soil salinity, nutrient leaching and reduced soil biological activity).
The aim of this session is also to create a synergy between researchers from all over the world working on this same topic. Another aim is to allow for the end users and researchers to communicate, the end users being the industry and farming community members interested in organic farming. The session will have a special format; a discussion with a panel of farmers and industry members, followed by a 2-4 minutes long slide presentation by each researcher followed by a general poster session. This session is being held for the second year in a row.

Program of the 2006 session
  • Engineering the biological control of the Colorado potato beetle with the predatory stink bug Perillus bioculatus, by Yannick Ydel de Ladurantaye from Université Laval, Canada
  • Exploring Brassicaceae-derived biofumigation for soil-borne pest management by Oleg Daugovish from University of California Cooperative Extension, USA
  • HortiBot: Application of Quality Function Deployment (QFD) Method for Horticultural Robotic Tool Carrier Design Planning - Part II by Claus G Sørensen from the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Denmark
  • Ridge tillage of organic row crops by Erik F Kristensen from the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Denmark
  • HortiBot: Comparison of potential present and future phytotechnologies for weed control- Part III by Michael Noerremark from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark
  • Optimizing land application schedules for organic fertilizers by David M Crohn from the University of California, Riverside, USA
  • Online platform,, for research in innovative technologies for biological agriculture by Hala I Chaoui, Ohio State University, USA