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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 12:28

Tour of organic field trials at Swift Current Research and Development Centre, Aug. 9, 2017

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Producers had an opportunity to learn more about the organic research projects at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Swift Current Research and Development Centre during a tour of organic field trials, Aug. 9. The tour leader was Dr. Myriam Fernandez, a research scientist at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre. The tour included visits to three ongoing trials as well as two new trials that were started this year. The three existing trials are tillage systems for organic crop production to determine the impact of different intensity and frequency of tillage operations on weed control; the influence of allelopathic cover crops and their residues on soil quality and growth as well as the spread of perennial thistles and other weeds; and the effectiveness of the bioherbicide Phoma macrostoma. The two new trials are the evaluation of intercropping as an organic cropping option in the semi-arid Brown soil zone of western Canada; and an evaluation of the use of cover crop mixtures or continuous relay cropping to improve productivity and sustainability of organic systems in the Brown soil zone.

 
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