Soil
Rob Green, a potato farmer in Bedeque, is taking cover crop rotations to a new level. In the past, he grew barley, canola and hay as his rotational crops.
With the help of DNA sequencing, Canadian researchers are linking soil microbial communities to soil health and potato yields. This research is the first stage in eventually developing a tool to diagnose the health of potato fields and to help identify management practices to improve tuber yields and quality.
Brenda Shanahan, Member of Parliament for Châteauguay—Lacolle, on behalf of Minister of Agriculture and Agri Food Lawrence MacAulay, has announced a repayable contribution of $470,000 to help a Quebec company, Logiag Inc., commercialize a laser-based soil analysis system that replaces the more traditional chemical analyses.
Studies have shown adding biochar to soil can improve soil fertility, increase nutrient utilization in plants, improve soil water-holding capacity, increase crop yield and reduce emission of greenhouse gases. However, if you are a potato farmer, your joy may be short-lived. According to research from Aarhus University in Denmark, biochar…
Due to hot, dry conditions, farmers in Norfolk County, Ont., have used irrigation in an effort to save the crop. But with less than half an inch of rain in eight weeks, irrigation has been no use, and the local yield could be down by 50 per cent. | READ MORE
Bernie Zebarth is leading a four-year project that will study large-scale compost application on potato fields in New Brunswick, and the resulting effects on yield and soil health. Photo courtesy of Bernie Zebarth. In 2013, eastern Canadian potato growers were concerned: they were not seeing the yield increases experienced by growers throughout…
May 10, 2016, Prince Edward Island – About 10 per cent of Prince Edward Island's potato crop is already in the ground, thanks to typical spring weather and good soil conditions. | READ MORE
A New Brunswick researcher says that despite the common perception that water and wind are responsible for erosion, tillage erosion is actually the leading cause of soil degradation in most cultivated fields in Canada. Li Sheng, a hydrology/croplands and water management expert with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, has been analyzing…
Oct. 28, 2015, Norfolk County, Ont. – Sweet potatoes require specific growing conditions and are labour-intensive to harvest, but they love sandy soil of Norfolk County, writes CBC News. | READ MORE
 A study completed last year by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientist Li Sheng shows spring run-off is only part of the soil loss problem.. Photo courtesy of AAFC. June 12, 2015, Fredericton, NB – Soil erosion is the leading cause of soil degradation in potato producing areas of New Brunswick. But…
May 6, 2015, Fredericton, NB – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has joined forces with McCain Foods Canada and the province’s potato growers in a major project to improve potato yields in New Brunswick by improving soil health.
In September 2011, wheat phases [except the second one of 5CONS, P-W-SB-W-B], as well as the oat phase from the six-year rotation (6CONS) were sampled (0-7.5 cm) to explore rotation and management practices effects on soil aggregates and organic matter. Photo courtesy of Drusilla Pearson. A 12-year irrigated rotation study…
Jan. 29, 2014, Prince Edward Island – Prince Edward Island potato growers are hoping the new year will bring them a gushing geyser of permits to begin irrigating fields this year from deep water wells, reports FreshPlaza.com. | READ MORE
Canadian research scientists are working on a unique project to identify the millions of bacteria in soil with the aim of lowering management costs for potato growers.
Soil scientist Sherif Fahmy is excited about turning organic industrial “wastes” into something beneficial.
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