The Natural Farming Systems program at the U of M has planned three informal field walks at three different sites this summer to share our research activities with you. Details below. No need to register – just show up and enjoy the tour!

June 26, 2018 – Libau, Manitoba

6:00 to 7:30 PM

  • Growing organic wheat, flax, soybean and alfalfa in very low soil P conditions – effects of struvite on the crop and weeds
  • Effect of residual P on green manure growth and nodulation
  • Effect of historical manure application on green manure growth and nodulation
  • No-till organic wheat seeded into cover crops – weed control options

Directions: 1 km east of highway 59 on Road 84N (40 km north of Winnipeg). Site is on the north side of the road.

July 26, 2018 – Glenlea, Manitoba

2:30 to 4:30 PM

  • Long-term organic vs. conventional rotation plots – focus on weeds, soil health and economics (year 27)
  • Manure application in organic systems to restore crop productivity and soil carbon
  • Restoring poor-performing organic grain-only plots by intensifying green manure additions
  • Testing oat varieties under organic production (conventional oat varieties and organically bred oat varieties)

Directions: Turn west off Hwy 75 at “Research Station Road” at the Glenlea research farm (20 km south of Winnipeg) and follow signs.

August 9, 2018 – Carman, Manitoba

6:00 to 8:00 PM

U of M Ian N. Morrison Research Farm, Carman

  • Mechanical weed control in cereals, dry edible beans and green manures.  Includes in-crop tillage, CombCut and inter-row tillage
  • Grazing warm-season cover crops and cover crop mixtures
  • Testing oat varieties under organic production (conventional oat varieties and organically bred oat varieties).
  • Seed increases of farmer-bred wheat lines – what are the possibilities for farmers to breed and market their own varieties?
  • Using spring fallow to control Canada thistle
  • Moisture conservation in organic cropping systems

Directions: 1.8 km west of the junction of Hwy 3 and 13 at Carman.

For more information contact:

Joanne Thiessen Martens

Natural Systems Agriculture Lab