Can organic plant protection products damage crops?

University of Göttingen – Protecting crops against pests and diseases is essential to ensure a secure food supply. Around 95 percent of food comes from conventional agriculture, which uses chemical pesticides to keep crops healthy. Increasingly, however, organic pesticides are also being sought as an alternative. Some organic pesticides contain live spores of the fungus […]

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Organic crops in good shape ahead of harvest

By Marlo Glass Glacier FarmMedia staff Organic commodity producers are expecting large crops in good condition ahead of the 2020 harvest season. “I’m hearing most crops are very good, especially the cereals,” said Laura Telford, organics sector development specialist with the government of Manitoba. Recent dryness in Manitoba won’t have much of an impact on […]

Profit study yields trends for organic

By Ed White Glacier FarmMedia staff If organic farmers get 100 per cent premiums and keep their yield drag to one-third of conventional, they tend to be more profitable than conventional growers. That’s the conclusion of a Purdue University study analyzing the profitability of typical rotations in the United States Midwest over a 10-year period. […]

Organic crops heading for a good year

By Glen Hallick Glacier FarmMedia staff Organic crops are looking very good right now, according to crop specialists in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. “Rainfall has been spotty across [Ontario], but for the most part crops are looking pretty good,” commented Rob Wallbridge, agronomy sales lead for Sure Source Commodities in Petrolia, Ont. He noted there […]