Published: February 7, 2023

Category: Organic News

Clemson University researchers have received a USDA grant to help give organic sweet potato farmers new weapons to use against nematodes and weeds.

To help give organic farmers new weapons to use against these pests, a team of Clemson University researchers has received a $747,280 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (USDA-NIFA) Organic Transitions Program.

The research focuses on using anaerobic soil disinfestation, novel plastic mulch, and sweet potato clones to control southern root-knot nematode and weed infestations in organic sweet potato production.

“Our long-term goal is to develop an integrated management approach in organic sweet potato production that combines these techniques,” said Matthew Cutulle, project director and Clemson weed scientist stationed at the Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston, South Carolina. “Our research, Extension and outreach activities will lead to effective management strategies to increase sweet potato production.”

Source: Clemson University

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Organic & Non-GMO Insights, February 2023