Organic certification takes the next step

The Regenerative Organic Certified standard was created in the U.S. partly as a way to deal with tillage in organic farming By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff Regenerative Organic Certified is a mouthful and possibly a bit confusing. But the standard and its brand, an R and an O in a circle with an arrow […]

Living Soil film documents soil health movement

Supplied – The Soil Health Institute (SHI) has released a 60-minute documentary that captures the history – and significance – of the soil health movement. “Never have I seen, among farmers, such a broad quest for (soil health) knowledge as I’m seeing now,” says Barry Fisher, United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service.  “And […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]