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University of Manitoba organic crop tour in Carman explores new ideas
Posted Monday, July 13, 2009 4:15 PM
 
Martin Entz, organic project leader
Learn more about organic crop production at the University of Manitoba this summer with a crop tour at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman, Manitoba.

The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences will be offering two tours of the organic plots at the University’s research station located on the west side of Carman on Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 pm and at 7:00 pm.

The two-hour tour will take visitors through the six-year rotation and will include discussion on crop rotation design for organic and low external input farming systems.

Other topics will include the use of legume cover crops in winter wheat and fall rye production and their production economics; organic soybean production variety trials and weed management systems; and developing wheat and oat varieties for organic production.

Martin Entz with the Department of Plant Science and organic project leader noted there are two very special projects at Carman this year.

“The first one is grazed green manures. Instead of just tilling green manure legumes, we thought why not derive some income from the plants as well? We are investigating grazing as an alternative to traditional tillage to manage green manures and make them more profitable,” he said.

“We are also studying no-till organic. Visitors will see impressive results where flax has been no-tilled into a rolled barley/hairy vetch mulch. You will see the crops plus the machinery used to make reduced tillage in organic farming a reality.”
 
For more information, contact:
Joanne Thiessen Martens
j_thiessen_martens@umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 474-6236