Manitoba organic farmers now have an extension agronomist

OrganicBiz staff After a five-year-long hiatus, Organic farmers in Manitoba now have their own extension agronomist thanks to a partnership between the Manitoba Organic Alliance, the University of Manitoba and the provincial and federal governments. Katherine Stanley will be improving organic extension capacity in the province by offering educational opportunities and one-on-one support, a Manitoba […]

Organic Agronomy Training

In partnership with the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, the University of Manitoba is offering Part Two of the Organic Agronomy Training Program. Agronomists and others who are interested in providing agronomic advice to organic and ecological farmers will be equipped with data-gathering and decision support tools, and be trained in the art and science of […]

CombCut put to test in organic trial

Mechanical weed removal without intensive manual labour possible with Swedish implement By Shannon VanRaes OrganicBiz staff Like a spiky purple mohawk, thistles dominate a check strip purposely left in an organic wheat field at the Ian N. Morrison Field Research Farm in Carman. Pointing to it, the farm’s senior technician Keith Bamford tells a groups […]

Organic conference draws a crowd

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff The game of chess isn’t learned easily, requires forward thinking, and you have to like playing it. That’s why University of Manitoba plant scientist Martin Entz compares it to organic farming. “It takes a long time to learn to do this well,” he said during his opening address to last […]