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 […]

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 […]

Study suggests cover crop mixtures increase agroecosystem

Penn State – Planting a multi-species mixture of cover crops – rather than a cover crop monoculture – between cash crops, provides increased agroecosystem services, or multifunctionality, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. That was the conclusion drawn from a two-year study of 18 cover-crop treatments, ranging in diversity from one […]