Balanced nutrients help soil microbes

Starved organic soils erode soil organic matter By Robin Booker Organic grain farms rely on micro-organisms to cycle soil nutrients into plant-available forms, but nutrient imbalances in organic soils can hamper this process. “In organic systems, you don’t have inorganic fertilizers bringing in primarily nitrogen and phosphorus, but each year, you have grain being harvested […]

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 […]