Brett Israel – Reduced Tillage for Organic Field Crops
Brett Israel of 3 Gen Organics is comparing soybeans double cropped with winter barley or cereal rye forage, and “alfalfa-fueled” corn as ways to reduce tillage and maintain continuous cover for organic field crops.
- Reduce tillage for organic field crop production
- Use a whole system approach to assess to soil health, animal welfare and profitability
Research Strategies Used
- 2021 & 2022 | Field-scale plots of soybeans following winter barley, soybeans following cereal rye for forage, corn following alfalfa with no additional fertilizer
Follow Brett’s Work
Ken Laing and Brett Israel answer questions about their involvement in the Living Lab – Ontario initiative, what it’s been like so far, and what they hope to accomplish with their research.
As a collaborator on the Living Lab – Ontario initiative, the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) is one of 10 partners who will facilitate on-farm research trials focused on reduced tillage and continuous cover. EFAO will support two trials, one in organic field crop production and one in organic vegetable production.
Read the story of a farm’s evolution across three generations of family farmers, from conventional to organic production.