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 plants and the micro-organisms in the …

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 Indian farmers are doing just that, …

‘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 conjunction with traditional control …

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: Irrigation key to success for Camas …

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 trial, Peters recommends that …

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 of seeds for cultivars that meet …

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 idea while at a recent macadamia …

Inside the Nation’s Largest Organic Vertical Farm

FarmedHere, a 90,000-square-foot space in Bedford Park that opened in 2013, is not only the first organically-certified indoor vertical aquaponic farm in Illinois, it’s also the largest indoor farm in North America. A variety of plants grow on racks that are stacked on top of each other in a vertical farming system, as well as an aquaponics …

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