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University of Manitoba Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Department of Plant Science

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Upcoming Events

2018 Ecological and Organic Farming Field Walks

June 26, 2018 - Libau, Manitoba

6:00 to 7:30 pm
1 km east of Hwy 59 on Road 84N (40 km north of Winnipeg). North side of road.

  • Growing organic wheat, flax, soybean and alfalfa in very low P soils - effect of struvite fertilizer
  • Effects of residual P on green manure growth and nodulation
  • Effect of historical manure application on green manure growth and nodulation
  • No-till organic wheat - weed control options


July 26, 2018 - Glenlea, Manitoba

2:30 to 4:30 pm
Glenlea Research Station
Turn west off Hwy 75 at "Research Station Road" at the Glenlea Research Farm (20 km south of Winnipeg) and follow signs.

  • Long-term organic vs. conventional rotation plots - focus on weeds, soil health and economics
  • Manure application in organic systems to restore crop productivity and soil carbon
  • Restoring organic grain-only rotations with intensive green manures
  • Testing oat varieties under organic production


August 9, 2018 - Carman, Manitoba

6:00 to 8:00 pm
Ian N. Morrison Research Farm
1.8 km west of the junction of Hwy 3 and 13

  • Mechanical weed control in cereals, dry beans and green manures - in-crop tillage, CombCut and inter-row tillage
  • Grazing warm-season cover crops and mixtures
  • Testing oat varieties under organic production
  • Seed increases of farmer-bred wheat lines
  • Spring fallow to control Canada thistle
  • Moisture conservation in organic cropping systems

For more information on upcoming events, please contact Joanne at or 204-474-6236 (1-800-432-1960 ext. 6236 in rural Manitoba).

Upcoming Organic Events (OACC listing)


Ecological Farming Systems on the Canadian Prairies

This extensive literature review summarized the potential of various ecological farming practices to enhance the profitability, sustainability and resilience of prairie cropping systems. Download

Resources for Organic Farmers on the Prairies

This two-page handout lists contact information, online courses, websites and books that may be useful to organic farmers on the Prairies (67kb; opens in new window). Download

Weed Management Options Which Reduce Pesticide Risk (CD-ROM)

This CD-ROM offers a wide variety of weed management options for reducing or eliminating dependence on and use of herbicides for weed control.

Information includes long-term weed management strategies, single-season tactics to reduce herbicide use, non-chemical weed control, and ways to use herbicides safely and efficiently.

For more information or to obtain a free copy, please contact:

Dr. Martin Entz
University of Manitoba
(204) 474-6077

Dr. Byron Irvine
(204) 578-3572

Producing PFP Oats - Reducing Pesticide Risk (CD-ROM)

This CD-ROM offers information on growing oats in a Pesticide Free Production (PFP) system. In PFP, no pesticides are used from time of crop emergence until the time of marketing.

Information presented on the CD includes key management practices in preparing for and establishing PFP oats, as well as performance of PFP oats and effects on the following crop.

For more information or to obtain a free copy, please contact Dr. Martin Entz or Dr. Byron Irvine (info above).

What's New on the Website

September 2016. Glenlea Long-Term Rotation 25th anniversary video added to the video gallery.

September 2016. On-farm soybean cultivar evaluation for suitability to organic production in southern Manitoba

September 2016. Redesigning Canadian prairie cropping systems.

September 2016. Can organic crop production be an N2O mitigation strategy? Results from the Glenlea study.

July 2016. Notes from the field - July 5 2016.

June 2016. Notes from the field - June 8 2016.


January 2014. Ecological Farming Systems on the Canadian Prairies.

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This page created October 2005.
Last updated September 2016.