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 […]

Combine harvester cutting crops in barley field during harvest under dramatic cloudy sky

Conventional farming wins on several key fronts: U. of Minnesota study

By Commodity News Service Canada A meta analysis of 164 scientific papers that compared crop yields, land use, pesticide use, and fuel use between conventional and organic farming systems, suggest conventional agriculture has several key advantages. The study found that conventional farming’s benefits compared to organic farming were most pronounced in the amount of land […]

The making of a green manure mix

By Alexis Stockford OrganicBiz staff For organic grain farmers without livestock such as Carnegie Farms north of Brandon, green manure has become a mainstay for nutrient management. Visitors to the fully organic operation’s field day Aug. 4 took in two green manure mixes, ranging from peas, beans, oats and buckwheat to a field with all […]

Scientists compare soil microbes in no-till, conventional tilling farming systems

Next-generation sequencing was used to unravel soil health mystery and pave the way for sustainable practices American Phytopathological Society – In recent decades, growers have increasingly been adopting no-till farming to reduce soil erosion and decrease fuel, labour, and inputs. Wheat farmers of the inland Pacific Northwest, however, have been slower to adopt no-till, in […]