Developing No-till Strategies for Organic Vegetables

Our Living Lab site is developing and demonstrating no-till planting strategies for various organic vegetable crops. The goal is to show techniques that are applicable to mid-sized market garden operations that are mechanized. A variety of approaches have been used including planting into winter killed cover crops, planting into roller/crimped covers, flail mowing the cover before or after planting and planting into deep compost mulch. This presentation will discuss the cover crops used, planting times, and the challenge of operating machinery in high residue necessary for weed control. We will look at some of the yield numbers and talk about the challenges of getting some crops to be productive in a no-till situation.

Ken Laing has been farming with his wife Martha near St. Thomas for more than 40 years. During that time he has produced a wide variety of organic field, fruit and vegetable crops. His daughter is now managing the vegetable operation and Ken divides his time between helping his daughter, custom grazing beef calves, raising and working Suffolk Punch draft horses and managing a Living Lab site for the EFAO and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

January 10, 2022, 9:00:00 p.m.

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No CEUs are available for this presentation.