Soil, your primary infrastructure
Farms and grazing operations — organic or otherwise — are only as good as their worst resource, according to Oregon-based grazier Abe Collins.
“Soil is our primary infrastructure on the farm,” said Collins, who spoke at the recent Organic Alberta conference.
“Biologically, chemically, and physically, you need to be looking at the limiting factors in your soil.”
In the Canadian Prairies, water tends to be a key limiting factor when it comes to growing crops and forages — but there are others as well, said Collins.
This checklist covers off six other important factors that could mean the difference between success and failure on your farm. While Collins was speaking to an audience of organic producers, there’s plenty of good ideas for conventional growers to borrow too.
1. Year-long green
The first rule, says Collins, is “100 per cent covered soils 100 per cent of the time — never bare soil.
“Bare soil is a burn victim,” he said. Read more