An organic solution to heal plants and help them grow 

A new biopesticide based on a patented extremophile bacterium is on its way. Funding under the SME Instrument has enabled the company that created this solution to spread the word and consider future plans. Compared with chemical alternatives, XT1 has similar efficacy whilst showing much lower toxicity. It also …

Grow more crops at the same time

At Aarhus University scientists are currently trying to optimize the cultivation of organic vegetables – to the benefit of both vegetable producers and the environment. An example of this is the recently concluded CORE Organic project “InterVeg” where scientists from the Department of Food …

The best kept secret in organic farming

The “best kept secret in Ireland” for generations has been revealed in the nutrient boost that red clover can deliver to beef producers from ensuring a generous measure of the plant in silage. It was among the key words of advice to the hundreds of farmers at the Teagasc organic beef open day on the …

Working With Nature to Build Organic Soil

Understanding a bit of the chemistry and biology behind building healthy soil allows us to work in harmony with nature to contribute to the health of our soil, plants, food and planet. A positive definition of organic farming features carbon as its star player. When we come to see that the relationship between …

Pretty cool actually: How farmers across the country are innovating

From mangoes in Maharashtra to wheat in Haryana and apples in Kashmir, climate change has adversely affected agriculture produce across India. In the backdrop of less rainfall and resultant farmers’ suicides, experts are urging farmers to adopt newer technologies and think out-of-the-box. Interestingly, a few …

‘Weed blaster’ technology aims to boost organic farming

Fields test are expected to begin this summer of Star Wars sounding “weed blaster” technology that fires, concentrated organic grit from a high-pressure nozzle at Mach 1 — more than 760 mph — to obliterate vulnerable weed seedlings. Early field tests of hand-held air compressors used in …

Irrigation key to success for Camas Prairie vegetable farm

Farmers Elan Love and Victoria Werner irrigate their Camas Prairie vegetable farm using only the constant gushing of water from their artesian warm spring. They also use the 10.2 pH, 87 degree mineral water to irrigate and wash their produce, as well as to passively heat their greenhouse. Read full article: …

On-farm variety trials important for organic crop success

A lot of planning goes into a variety trial. Peters told growers to prioritize the crop species and type they are most interested in growing. After that, he said, growers need to identify sources and seed varieties, secure a suitable field with infrastructure, and recruit field help if necessary. For a successful …

New organic plant breeding to produce novel varieties, train breeders

A new effort to provide California growers with seeds for tomato, bean, pepper and other crop varieties that are specially bred for organic farming has been launched at UC Davis. The organic plant-breeding project was developed in direct response to California organic growers, who have reported that the scarcity …

Macadamia growers urged to consider bio fertiliser to improve yields

A Queensland macadamia and lychee grower is encouraging farmers to embrace bio-fertilisers to improve production and yields an reduce nitrogen use. Craig van Rooyen is using a new technique to sweep organic matter back under his trees at harvest on his 45-hectare farm near Bundaberg. He said he came up with the …