Disease Management in Organic Vegetables


Workshop audio recording from the 2016 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.


Beth Kazmar and Amanda Gevens
Friday 1b

Learn organic methods to prevent and manage disease outbreaks in vegetable crops from a farmer and a plant pathologist. We’ll tackle several vegetable diseases and will discuss how to use variety selection, hot water seed treatment, crop rotation, row spacing, irrigation, disease forecasting, and allowed products to your best advantage.

Beth Kazmar and her husband, Steve Pincus, run Tipi Produce near Madison, Wis. They grow 45 acres of vegetables, selling mainly through CSA and to natural food stores. They are the 2016 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year! Beth has master’s degree in plant pathology and has farmed since 1998.

Amanda Gevens is an associate professor and Extension plant pathologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she develops integrated and innovative disease management programs for potato and vegetable crops. She edits a weekly newsletter through UW-Extension which offers in-season production guidance for disease and insect control.