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 […]

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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 […]