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A farmer’s guide to organic fruit and vegetable production

{Tool} A farmer’s guide to organic fruit and vegetable production. Creator(s): Little, Tony and Frost, David. Issuing Organisation(s): Organic Centre Wales. (2008)

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Online at: http://www.organiccentrewales.org.uk/uploads/hortguide_eng.pdf

Summary

This guide is aimed at farmers who are considering diversification into horticulture. It assumes a sound and system-based understanding of agricultural systems, but limited knowledge of fruit and vegetable production.
It gives a general introduction on organic systems and soil fertility components including factors and examples of successful crop rotation.
For the main pests and diseases simple and system-based measures are highlighted, as e.g. considering the right timing of control measures, crop rotations and tillage. For weed management weeding machinery is briefly explained.
Basic questions on how to choose the right variety and the equipment for weeding, harvest, and storage are discussed.
Additionally, the guide gives a rough overview and understanding of energy and greenhouse gas emissions and possible adaptation measures on farm level.
The economic aspect are separately highlighted with a given example.
Summing up, horticultural farmers, get an overall guideline to establish a system sound production of field and fruit vegetables, including fertility building strategies and protective structures. Useful addresses of advice services, certification bodies and research Centres are listed up for Welsh farmers.


EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Promote system-based understanding and diversification in horticulture
What problem does the tool address?:Optimization strategies through the whole fruits and vegetable production chain
What solution does the tool offer?:System-sound adaptations and recommendations in the whole fruit and vegetable production
Country:United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Type of Practice Tool:Leaflets & guidelines
Theme:Crop specific
Keywords:arable farming, crop diversity, economy, environmental impact assessment, fruit farming, horticulture, management measures, soil fertility
Keywords:arable farming, crop diversity, production economics, environmental impact assessment, fruit farming, horticulture, management measures, soil fertility
Agrovoc keywords:
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EnglishEnvironmental Impact Assessmenthttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_33483
Englishfruit growinghttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_25476
Englishhorticulturehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3671
Englishcrop managementhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_16094
Englishsoil fertilityhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7170
Englishcropshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_1972
Englishcropping systemshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_1971
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Research affiliation: European Union > OK-Net Arable
Related Links:http://www.organiccentrewales.org.uk/
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Rasmussen, Ilse Ankjær
ID Code:30578
Deposited On:04 Jan 2017 20:30
Last Modified:25 Jan 2019 13:45
Document Language:English
Status:Published

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