Trials aim to find soybeans that will thrive under organic farming conditions

Farmtario – A four-year, multi-location study aims to find organic soybean varieties suited for Ontario and Manitoba. The study, funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), will help find varieties better to grow under organic conditions. “There is still strong demand,” said Rob Wallbridge, organic specialist with Thompsons Limited. Wallbridge was joined by a number […]

Organic production an economic winner

By Gord Gilmour Glacier FarmMedia Staff Manitoba Agriculture has released its latest organic crops cost-of-production figures and once again the production system is stacking up well against conventional agriculture. Higher production costs are typically met by higher prices, which more than offset the production lag organic growers can experience, Roy Arnott, a farm management specialist […]

Orchards in natural habitats draw bee diversity, improve apple production

Cornell University – Apple orchards surrounded by agricultural lands are visited by a less diverse collection of bee species than orchards surrounded by natural habitats, according to a new Cornell University-led study, published in the journal Science. In turn, apple production suffers when fewer, more closely-related species of bees pollinate an orchard. Production improves in orchards […]

What does that ‘Organic’ label really mean?

OrganicBiz staff The ‘USDA Organic’ label has become been a point of tension as organic food prices rise. But what does it mean? In the U.S., USDA certified organic foods must be produced under federal guidelines for soil quality, animal rearing and pesticide use. Produce is organic if it’s grown in soil that uses no prohibited substances, such as pesticides, for three years […]

Rice fields as pesticide filter

New research considers pesticide-cleansing properties of rice plants America Society of Agronomy – Rice is a staple food crop of 20 percent of the world’s population. It’s also grown on every continent except Antarctica. While it’s an important part of our diets, new research shows that rice plants can be used in a different way, […]

Getting down and dirty about soil health

By Laura Rance Editorial director, Glacier FarmMedia It’s a dirty business, teaching farmers about soil — enough to drive Jay Fuhrer to eating cheese balls. As the “soil health specialist” prepared his show-and-tell before a Saskatoon audience recently, he joked the only reason he buys cheese balls at his local grocer’s is because they come […]