The Ecological and Organic Farming Systems Field Day at the University of Manitoba’s Ian N. Morrison Farm planned for July 23 will offer participants an overview of the current research going on in natural systems agriculture.
The tour will showcase work on a number of innovative and sustainable farming methods. Visitors will learn about organic pulse, forage seed and potato production, as well as reduced-till organic systems and the economics of organic production. Topics also include growing your own nitrogen, hairy vetch agronomy and agroforestry options in sustainable farming systems. Those interested in integrating livestock into their production can explore annual grazing systems for N fixation and grass-finished livestock studies.
Martin Entz with the Department of Plant Science and project leader says, “With the cost of crop inputs going up each year, and the real threat of herbicide resistant weeds, this field day will be of interest to all farmers. One of the highlights this year is the economic comparison between ecological and conventional farming systems – the results are likely to surprise people!”
The tour begins with coffee and registration at 9:00 am, and runs from 9:45 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch is included in the tour cost of $15. Pre-registration is appreciated by contacting (204) 474-8563 or email@example.com. The Ian N. Morrison Research Farm is located 1.8 km west of the junction of #3 and #13 in Carman, MB.