Plant sprouting in healthy soil

Sustainability, soil health, crop rotation and good yields

In conversation with Dr. Diane Knight With increased focus on sustainable food production and optimal yields to feed a growing population, producers find themselves under increased pressure to respond to these changing demands. Decades of research have helped identify ways to modify farming practices to help maintain sustainability and soil health while also finding efficiencies and protecting profitability. To get …

A CALL TO ACTION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: AMERICA’S SOIL IS DISAPPEARING

Soil plays critical roles in food security, climate mitigation, ecosystem function, and buffering against extreme weather events.  Although it is essential for the stability of the planet, soil is disappearing at an alarming rate. In the United States, estimates are that soil on cultivated cropland is eroding at an average rate of 5.2 tons per acre per year, while the …

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR VERTICILLIUM STRIPE

The Agricultural pathogen called Verticillium longisporum (aka Verticillium Stripe) has now made its way to 6 Canadian provinces; British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Québec according to research by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency[1].  Verticillium Stripe is also present in Sweden, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, France, the Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, the U.K., Japan, and areas of USA[2]. What does …

5 SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES OF COMPOSTING ON THE FARM THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

From your small at home backyard compost bin that you use for your dinner scraps to large scale farming operations with livestock waste, composting is the safest and most environmentally friendly solution to your disposal problems.  Composting takes a nuisance product and turns it into a useful, pathogen safe product, especially so for farms with large quantities of on-farm processing …

7 BIG WAYS CONTROLLED TRAFFIC FARMING BOOSTS YOUR CAPITAL

Soil compaction as it relates to farming has been a well-documented and researched issue for over 30 years.  We know that a compacted soil is not a healthy soil; it harbors negative traits like reduced moisture holding potential, poor nutrient uptake, and poor soil structure[1].  So, what does soil compaction have to do with Controlled Traffic Farming?  As it so …