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