Sensitivity and Reproducibility of Soil Health Tests

To what extent are soil health tests reproducible and sensitive to practices on ecological farms? It is widely recognized that standard soil tests often don’t reflect the fertility or production potential on ecological farms. So the question remains: what...

Summary of Projects 2016

Brief summary of the year, including the data collected in 2016 by EFAO farmer-researchers. This was included in the package given out at the Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference in Kingston, Nov/Dec 2016.

Comfrey as a Companion Plant for Saskatoon and Black currant

More research is needed to determine the practicality and effectiveness of perennial cover crops in Ontario. Cover crops and soil health are critical components of ecological and profitable farming. Cover crop practices and research continue to generate considerable...

No-till Spring Cereals with Different Cover Crops

Can a farmer use winter killed cover crop to provide fall and winter cover on soil and make suitable field conditions to no-till plant spring cereals? Most spring cereals are planted into fall tilled soil leaving fields susceptible to erosion and loss of nutrients....

Spring Planted White Clover in Garlic

Garlic on small organic farms is typically either dry mulched (e.g. straw) or grown in bare soil and cultivated for weed control. Farmers would like to see the soil covered to prevent erosion, increase water retention, and improve soil nutrition. However, water...

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