Ontario organic survey looks at barriers to expansion

By John Greig OrganicBiz staff A large survey of Ontario organic and conventional farmers, processors and retailers shows that risk and concern about weeds and disease is the largest barrier to greater adoption by conventional farmers. The results of the survey were presented at the Organic Council of Ontario’s annual meeting in Guelph. The OCO […]

Tips for improving organic soils

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor Fababeans are gaining ground in both organic and conventional cropping rotations because they are a good source of nitrogen for the soil and less susceptible to diseases that affect some of the other pulse crops. But soil scientist and consultant Jill Clapperton said farmers need to be ready for the […]

Need a nitrogen fix? Consider fababeans for your next crop

By Karen Briere OrganicBiz staff Regina – Organic farmers who are looking for the biggest nitrogen gain from adding a pulse to their rotation might want to consider fababeans. Saskatchewan provincial special crops specialist Dale Risula told a recent workshop for organic producers that while all pulses fix nitrogen, fababeans are at the top of […]

Opinion: Digging past the headlines

UBC research paper generated creative headlines, but the substance was in the detail By Ashley St Hilaire Organics made headlines recently after a study published by University of British Columbia researchers, Verena Seufert and Navin Ramankutty, challenged organic agriculture to do better. Reporting on the study, major news outlets across our nation and beyond posted […]

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 […]