Crop Rotation Strategies for 100-1,000 Acres

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Workshop Description

This presentation will look at various aspects of planning an organic grain and oil seed rotation on medium and large scale farms in Ontario.  Some aspects of small mixed farms will also be briefly included.

Topics covered will include:

  • What is crop rotation?
  • Why do we do it?
  • Considerations for which crops to include?
  • Knowledge
  • Time management
  • Equipment
  • Livestock needs
  • Crop needs – managing nutrients and pests
  • Crop returns
  • Soil health
Dairy cattle on pasture
A corn field

Speaker: Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin is an organic inspector and consultant and has worked as an agronomist in Ontario for 43+ years.

He worked for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs for 34 years (retired 2011) and has worked with organic farmers for 35 years.

He has a BSc (Agr) and MSc from U of Guelph and grew up a farm in Essex County.

Hugh Martin