Read Ken’s interim summary of his 2020 and 2021 trials comparing different cover crops and mulching systems to reduce tillage and maintain continuous cover for transplanted and direct seeded organic vegetable crops.
A gallery and description of the equipment Ken Laing uses as part of his no-till vegetable trials.
This is the second season of Ken Laing’s No-Till Vegetable Trials, and the first year they’ve been run as part of Living Lab – Ontario. Here’s a summary of what’s been happening so far in 2021.
Encouraged by the success of hand planted no-till garlic into winter killed sorghum-sudangrass this past season, read about how Ken tried to mechanize the process using a no-till transplanter for their 2021 crop.
Read and watch Ryan Spence and Isabelle Spence-Legault’s farmer-led research trial where they tested whether a crimped cover crop of rye and hairy vetch reduced tillage, cultivation and irrigation for their fall broccoli crop in northern Ontario.
Growing cover crops so that they provide enough residue to suppress weeds for organic vegetable production requires planning!