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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): OCW - Organic Centre Wales. (2008)

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Document available 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, agricultural economics, environmental impact assessment, temperate fruits, horticulture, management measures, soil fertility
Agrovoc keywords:
Language
Value
URI
English
arable farming
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36528
English
diversification
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_2344
English
agricultural economics
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_8672
English
Environmental Impact Assessment
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_33483
English
horticulture
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3671
English
crop management
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_16094
English
soil fertility
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7170
English
crops
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_1972
English
cropping systems
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_1971
English
temperate fruits
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7655
English
vegetable crops
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_8165
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net Arable > Selected tools
European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net Arable
Related Links:http://www.organiccentrewales.org.uk/, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/30578
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Rasmussen, Ilse Ankjær
ID Code:30578
Deposited On:04 Jan 2017 20:30
Last Modified:22 Mar 2021 10:35
Document Language:English
Status:Published

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