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Managing for Soil Health on an Organic Farm - A Farmer's Perspective

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{Tool} Managing for Soil Health on an Organic Farm - A Farmer's Perspective. Creator(s): Martens, Klaas. Issuing Organisation(s): Southern Regional Extension Forestry. (2014)

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Summary

This tool is a webinar. The presenter, Klaas Martens, is an organic farmer. He uses a diverse crop rotation to farm over 1,400 acres of organic corn, soybeans, small grains, a variety of peas, and cover crops. By adhering to one simple principle - every crop follows a suitable predecessor - Martens has improved soil health and function to cycle nutrients, increase water infiltration and availability, and eliminate both weed and disease pest problems. The presentation is focused on the concept of using plants to change the soil and how soil biology can perform the services that are expected from tillage. Relay cropping, or starting one crop before the previous crop is harvested, is also covered. The webinar is targeted both to newcomers and experienced organic farmers. Webinar contents are based on experiences made in the United States but concepts and hints can be applied on other countries.


EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Use plants to change the soil health
What problem does the tool address?:Crop rotation planning
What solution does the tool offer?:Crop rotation based on the concept that every crop follows a suitable predecessor
Country:United States of America
Type of Practice Tool:Web
Theme:Soil quality and fertility
Keywords:arable farming, biodiversity, cover crop, soil quality
Keywords:arable farming, biodiversity, cover plants, soil quality
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
Englisharable farminghttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36528
Englishbiodiversityhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_33949
Englishcover plantshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_1936
Englishsoil fertilityhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7170
Englishsoil propertieshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_330883
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Soil > Soil quality > Soil biology
Soil > Nutrient turnover
Soil
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net Arable
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Sumption, Mr PD
ID Code:32603
Deposited On:20 Mar 2018 12:01
Last Modified:20 Dec 2018 14:10
Document Language:English
Status:Published

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