Organic Research

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David M. Butler
Associate Professor
Organic agriculture and agroecology

Michael E. Essington
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

Shasta L. Hubbs
Extension Assistant I
Coordinator of Farm-to-Market program

Sindhu Jagadamma
Assistant Professor
Soil Management

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

Protected Agriculture 
From hydroponics to organic raised beds, from computer-controlled greenhouses to simple rain shelters.

(1 mention)

UTIA Greenhouses 
High tech facilities help support agricultural research


Organic Crops Field Tour, 10/26/2017



Commendations Corner - Summer 2020, 7/29/2020

Highlights from the Field - October 2019, 11/24/2019

Partnership between UT Institute of Agriculture and National University of Ireland Galway addresses Common Concerns Plaguing both Countries, 8/23/2019

Commendations Corner - July 2019, 7/9/2019

UTIA/MTSU Partnership Establishes Organic Forage Cropping Systems, 3/8/2018

AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2017 UTIA Luncheon, 11/8/2017

Five Things You Didn't Know about the AgResearch and Education Center at Milan, 10/14/2016

Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016


(4 mentions)

Organic Vegetables 
The earth provides the foods we eat -- including healthy vegetables. UT researchers are studying how best to grow these crops, and part of that work involves organic farming.


Recent Publications

Soil organic C and N fractions and chemical properties across a diversity of cotton nitrogen trials in 2020.  Franzluebbers, A. J. et al.,, and T. B. Raper.  2021.  2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences VIRTUAL January 5-8, 2021.

Long-term effects of pasture management and fenced riparian buffers on soil organic carbon content and aggregation.  Xu, S, S. Jagadamma, A. J. Ashworth, S. Singh, P. R. Owens, and P. A. Moore, Jr.  2021.  Geoderma, 381: 114666.

Optimal forage and supplement balance for organic dairy farms in the Southeastern United States Allison, J., C. Dillon, K. Burdine, S. R. Smith, D. M. Butler, G. E. Bates, and G. M. Pighetti.  2020.  Agricultural Systems.

Long‐term influence of phosphorus fertilization on organic carbon and nitrogen in soil aggregates under no‐till corn‐wheat‐soybean rotations Bansal, S, X. Yin, H. J. Savoy, S. Jagadamma, J. Lee, and V. R. Sykes.  2020.  Agronomy Journal, 112:2519–2534.

Organic carbon and nitrogen in soil aggregates and carbon footprint after long-term bio-cover, crop sequence and phosphorus management under no-tillage.  Bansal, S.  2020.  Ph.D. Dissertation.

Effects of Soil Conservation Practices on Soil Properties in a Continuous Cotton and a Continuous Soybean System in West Tennessee.  Ceylan, S.  2020.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

Effects of Soil Conservation Practices on Soil Properties in a Continuous Cotton and a Continuous Soybean System in West Tennessee.  Ceylan, S.  2020.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

Preference for Transitional Certification: The Future of Organic?.  Chen, X., and Z. Gao.  2020.  Selected paper, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Virtual Meeting, FAMPS/FSN Session.

Seasonal and cover cropping effects on soil microbial respiration and inorganic N availability.  Corbeil, Karalee, A. Fine, M. Davis, M. A. Radosevich, and S. M. Schaeffer.  2020.  Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA).

Synergistic effects of unsaturated flow and soil organic matter on retention and transport of PPCPs in soils Dai Y., J. Zhuang, and X. Chen.  2020.  Environmental Research, 191, 110135.

Consumer Preferences for Eco-Friendly Attributes in Disposable Dinnerware Gill, M., K. L. Jensen, D. M. Lambert, S. Upendram, B. C. English, N. Labbé, S. W. Jackson, and R. J. Menard.  2020.  Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 161, October 2020, 104965. [Abstract]

Narrowband Blue and Red LED Supplements Impact Flavor Volatiles in Hydroponically Grown ‘Purple Petra’ Basil.  Hammock, H, A., and C. E. Sams.  2020.  HortScience, 55(9) S59. (ASHS). [Abstract]