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Sustainability of long-term organic ley/arable crop rotations in Northern Scotland

Walker, Dr R L; Taylor, Dr B R; Watson, Dr C A and Younie, Mr D (2006) Sustainability of long-term organic ley/arable crop rotations in Northern Scotland. Poster at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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Summary

This paper describes aspects of sustainability linked to four long-term organic ley/arable rotations split between two contrasting sites in Northern Scotland. The two sites (one in Aberdeen and the other near Inverness) started their organic conversion in 1991, with one rotation being common to both sites (50% grass / clover), while the Aberdeen site also had a 67% grass / clover rotation and the Inverness site a 38% grass / clover rotation. By measuring physical and financial outputs, and changes in soil properties and weed populations, the trials described here aimed to compare the productivity and sustainability of different organically-managed crop rotations. This paper outlines some of the key findings of these experiments.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Subjects: Soil
Farming Systems
Crop husbandry
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 4: Crop systems and soils
UK > Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
Deposited By: Walker, Dr R L
ID Code:7408
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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