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February 27, 2019

Is Intercropping For You?

Intercropping in an age-old method that has been implemented in cultivation for years. Researchers at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) have been evaluating the intercropping system with chickpeas, and so far, the results have been encouraging. With the promise of intercropping to potentially reduce crop risk, continued research and evaluation is important to understand the value in understanding the ratios of different crops.

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August 22, 2016

INTERCROPPING CHALLENGES AND VICTORIES FROM A SASKATCHEWAN FARMER

Some farmers like Sheldon Okerstrom like a challenge, and with intercropping a challenge is what he gets.  I had the chance to sit down with Sheldon for an interview, and for the past 6 years he has been experimenting with intercropping on his and his wife Joanne’s family farm in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  Intercropping is … Continued

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January 5, 2016

MAN’S BEST FRIEND JOINS THE BATTLE AGAINST AGRICULTURAL INVASIVE SPECIES

Not only can dogs be your best friend on the farm, your everyday work companion, and your dependable and dedicated guard, at many borders, airports, and ports of entry they are now preventing the spread of agricultural invasive species on your farm. They ought to be called Farmer’s best friend, but in New Zealand the … Continued

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October 5, 2015

5 SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES OF COMPOSTING ON THE FARM THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

From your small at home backyard compost bin that you use for your dinner scraps to large scale farming operations with livestock waste, composting is the safest and most environmentally friendly solution to your disposal problems.  Composting takes a nuisance product and turns it into a useful, pathogen safe product, especially so for farms with … Continued

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June 5, 2015

THE BENEFITS OF INTERCROPPING

Intercropping: Why Some Farmers Try Something Different Intercropping is defined simply as growing two or more crop types on one field. The practice of intercropping has actually been around since farming began. Modernization of farming equipment has changed our farming practices into what they are today, which is largely mono-cropping. Mono-cropping is planting only one … Continued

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February 1, 2015

MICROSCOPIC ALLY: MANAGING YOUR MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI FOR HEALTHY SOIL

There is a whole other microscopic world to your farm, and it lies just below your feet. It is said that just one teaspoon of soil can contain “1 billion bacteria, 120,000 fungi, and 25,000 algae”1! Today, I want to introduce you to just one of those microorganisms, your ally to Mycorrhizal fungi. A Mycorrhizal … Continued

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