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 […]

Serene scene of grazing sheep with snow capped Mount Cook in background.

Grassland management without the loss of species

Technical University of Munich – The intensive management of grasslands is bad for biodiversity. However, a study by the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has brought a ray of hope: If different forms of management are optimally distributed within a region, this can lead to higher yields without the […]

Field tests show sustained neonicotinoid exposure negatively affects bees

American Association for the Advancement of Science – In two of the first large-scale, field-realistic studies to date, researchers in Europe and Canada have affirmed what’s been hypothesized about neonicotinoids — that prolonged exposure to these insecticides negatively affects bees. Their results reveal that local environment and species influence the impact of these widely used […]

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Organic conditions boost flavonoids and antioxidant activity in onions

American Chemical Society – Five years ago, a highly publicized meta-analysis of more than 200 studies concluded that organic food was no more nutritious than conventionally grown food. Since then, however, additional work has suggested the organic foods contain more health-benefiting phytochemicals. Now, researchers have found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions […]