New report highlights organic acres on Prairies

There are 1.4 million certified acres and 1,499 organic operations across the three Prairie provinces By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff Western Canadian organic acreage appears to be stuck in neutral. Since 2014 the acreage has hovered around 1.4 million acres across the three Prairie provinces, according to Jill Guerra, research and special projects co-ordinator with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters

OrganicBiz staff Organic Alberta is hosting a Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters June 21 and 22 in Ferintosh, Alberta. The Soil Health Masterclass will give farmers a surprising and revealing look at their most valuable asset… their soil. “The workshop will give deeper insight on how to manage and read your soils”, said Masters […]

Wildflowers offer clues to what drives plant diversity

University of Queensland – A new study of Australian wildflower communities is improving understanding of how climatic stress controls plant diversity, based on the strategies different species use to survive, grow and reproduce. “Plant diversity tends to be lower in more stressful environments,” says University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences’ lecturer, and CSIRO researcher, […]

Hand over wheat field in early summer evening.

Organic farming gaining street cred

By Karen Briere OrganicBiz staff Denis Brisebois liked the economic edge that organic farming could give him. So when he left a career in the oil patch three years ago and began farming near McCord, Sask., he decided to go that route. “In less than two years the shift has gone from ‘you’re one of […]

How to build a soil-health bank account

This organic production technique offers a big-picture view of nutrient management — and a ‘tough love’ approach to soil fertility By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff Soil is a little like a bank account for nutrients — in order to manage them properly, you need to balance the budget. “No matter how big the bank account […]