Slicing weeds down to size

Organic grain growers have been snapping up CombCut machines ‘like crazy‘ — but they’re also a way to control herbicide resistant weeds By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff  A new piece of machinery is helping crop growers control broadleaf weeds on their farms — especially on organic operations. “Organic growers are buying these CombCut machines like […]

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Seasonal stress on organic spot prices

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Organic buyers have filled their needs ahead of this year’s harvest, which means producers looking to make last-minute sales face lower prices — especially as favourable crop conditions pressure the market. Grain supplies are running tight, with little carry forward expected, giving a boost to new-crop prices, while special crops […]

New online course on organic seed available

By OrganicBiz staff The U.S.-based Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) has teamed up with the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) to offer a seed internship program linking experienced organic seed producers with beginning farmers through a series of webinars. The new online course is available to anyone interested in learning how to grow organic seed. […]

Cover crop field day

A field day in southern Saskatchewan focused on the benefits of cover crops for organic and conventional farms By Leeann Minogue OrganicBiz staff Southern Saskatchewan farmer Cody Straza has an ambitious goal: “zero till organic farming.” To get there, Straza will rely on cover crops as a large component of his management plan. “There is […]

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Might ancient wheat be the future of food?

Cell Press – Researchers believe untapped consumer markets exist for ancient foods such as einkorn, emmer, and spelt, which fed large swaths of the world’s population for thousands of years but disappeared almost completely during the rise of industrial farming and the green revolution. In an Opinion published June 27 in Trends in Plant Science, two […]

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Pair of organic field days offered

Organic Alberta  Organic Alberta and the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative will be hosting two field days on organic grain and field crop production. On July 11, there will be a tour of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Station and Leffer’s Organic Farm. Federal researchers will talk about weed biocontrol, integrated pest management, soil health, and […]