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Weed Management for Peas and Lentils in Canadian Prairies
Research Results Canada - Scholarship Research Funded

Field pea (Pisum sativum) and lentil (Lens culinaris L.) are important crops on the Canadian Prairies; however, they are uncompetitive in the presence of weeds resulting in a high potential for yield loss.  Inter-row cultivation has the potential to improve weed control in organic systems with minimal soil disturbance allowing field pea and lentil to achieve economically sustainable yields.

A replicated field experiment was conducted in 2014, by Scholarship Recipient Katherine Stanley, to evaluate the tolerance of field pea and lentil to inter-row cultivation.  Cultivation began at the 4 node stage and occurred every week for the next six weeks.   There was no significant yield loss in field pea or lentil when inter-row cultivated at early growth stages.  Field pea tolerated two cultivation timings during the growing season, which allows for control of a second flush of weeds.  Cultivating more than once in lentil resulted in yield loss. Inter-row cultivation shows potential for weed control in field pea and lentil.  Click here to read Katherine's Final Report.

 
Impacts Patents on Plants have for Plant Breeders
Research Results United States - Scholarship Research Funded

Elizabeth Costello, from the University of Montana, was a 2014 OCIA R&E Scholarship Recipient.  Elizabeth’s project entitled, “How Utility Patents on Plants and Genetic Material Impact Plant Breeders,” describes and analyzes how utility patents and other stringent property protections on plant genetic material hinder the advancement of research and development in plant breeding, especially as it relates to organics.  Click here to read her Final Report.

 
2015 Organic Trade Shows
Blog - Upcoming Events
Click on 2015 Trade Shows to view the list of trade shows OCIA will be attending this year.  Be sure to look up our booth number and come talk to us if you're at the show.
 
Farm Tour in Nebraska on July 11th, 2015
Blog - Upcoming Events
OCIA Certified Member, Grain Place Foods, will host their 22nd Annual Farm Tour on Saturday, July 11th, 2015 in Marquette, Nebraska.  A farm and plant tour will take place between 8:30am-Noon, followed by a lunch.  The featured speaker during lunch will be Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center.  "Science Supporting the Benefits of Organic" is the topic of Dr. Shade's presentation.  There is a $15 meal cost.  Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Organic Field Day in Iowa on June 24th, 2015
Blog - Upcoming Events

OCIA Iowa Chapter #1 will be sponsoring a Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day at Whiterock Conservancy on Wednesday, June 24, from 3-8 p.m., near Coon Rapids.

The event will explore the conservancy's pasture and grazing program, which factors in ways to protect soil and water quality, as well as increase visitor interaction with pastured livestock.  The field day will also explore row crop strategies at the conservancy, such as incorporating prairie strips, that are aimed at protecting water quality.

A news release with more details about this event is attached, copied below and available online at http://practicalfarmers.org/news-events/newsroom/news-release-archive/17078/.  Please note that RSVPs are being requested for the meal by Friday, June 19, 2015.

 

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