A look at organic farming

By Ieuan Evans Grainews contributor The word organic in farm practice is just about totally confusing. Does it mean pesticide-free, GMO-free, or chemically produced fertilizer-free. Just keep in mind there are no such things as synthetic fertilizers. All fertilizers are simply minerals that are essential for plant growth. These minerals are the macro fertilizers, such […]

Regenerative ag centre planned for B.C.

A Vancouver firm has come up with an ambitious plan that it hopes will drastically slash global synthetic pesticide use. By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff The head of a Vancouver company has an ambitious but seemingly impossible goal. Karn Manhas, chief executive officer of Terramera, hopes to reduce “global synthetic pesticide load 80 percent […]

Organic fertilizer plant planned for Alberta

By Barb Glen Glacier FarmMedia staff A company using patented fertilizer production technology developed in California may build an organic fertilizer plant in southern Alberta using locally obtained crushed mineral and organic waste. Candeo Growth Solutions hopes to finalize a deal this month on the purchase of an unoccupied Second World War-era airport hangar in […]

Fertilizers’ impact on soil health compared

American Society of Agronomy – In a newly published study, researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic fertilizer. Ekrem Ozlu of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his team studied two fields in South Dakota. From 2003 to 2015, the research team applied either manure or inorganic fertilizer to field […]