Robotic weeders. Coming to a farm near you?

American Society of Agronomy – The future of weeding is here, and it comes in the form of a robot. The growing popularity of robotic weeders for specialty crops has grown partly out of necessity, says Steven Fennimore, an extension specialist at the University of California, Davis. Specialty crops are vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, […]

It’s not your grandparents’ farm

Ag Days talk highlights advancements being made to support modern organic farmers By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff It’s often said Grandpa’s farm was organic — just because he used no chemical inputs. But how a past generation ran a farm and what present-day organic farmers do aren’t just years apart. Producers operating organic production systems […]

Organic growers have bigger economic cushion

Lower costs and higher prices make organic producers more economically resilient according to provincial figures By Lorraine Stevenson  OrganicBiz staff Organic growers can still turn a tidy profit in 2018, according to Manitoba Agriculture cost-of-production figures released at Ag Days. Roy Arnott, a provincial farm management specialist, said it all comes down to what crops […]

MASC under fire at organic insurance update

Organic insurance has been a long-time sticking point for both producers, who say the program has significant flaws, and MASC, who say the program already loses money By Alexis Stockford OrganicBiz staff Organic producers are not happy with their crop insurance. Maurice Gaultier, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) insurance sales and service manager for the […]

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Organic research looks at potential for climate change mitigation through soil health

By Lorraine Stevenson and Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff New research looking at soil organic carbon adds to a growing view organic systems are both more energy efficient and store more soil carbon. Tracy Misiewicz, The Organic Centre’s associate director of science programs, says that contributes to climate change mitigation. On average, organic crops consume 60 […]

Increase seeding rate to control weeds in organic flax

A University of Saskatchewan study found that was the most effective tool OrganicBiz staff Upping the seeding rate was the single most effective tool for increasing yield and suppressing weeds in flax grown under organic management, a University of Saskatchewan study shows. “There was strong evidence that growers should seed at least 2.5 times the […]

Can organic no till work in the field?

Environmental benefit is part of organic market value, but organic weed management usually means tillage, commonly considered a black mark for soil health. Is there a middle ground? By Alexis Stockford OrganicBiz staff Hairy vetch may be the key to reducing tillage in organic farming, at least in the short term. Martin Entz, a professor […]