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Cover crop consisting of grass-clover established from the seed bank.

2018.04.04 | Agriculture and food

A successful grain crop is the best weed management

No need for steel in the field, if cereals establish and grow successfully and crop rotations are diverse. Per Rytter Andersen knows that from many years with organic farming.

2018.02.19 | Agriculture and food

Getting started with twelve new CORE Organic Cofund projects

The CORE Organic Cofund applicants participated in a two-step procedure where in the first step out of 50 proposals 33 were invited to the second step, where 12 research proposals have been selected for funding.

2018.02.08 | Agriculture and food

Flower strips increase the occurrence of predators in organic apple orchards

Organic apple orchards often suffer great yield losses due to pests. Perennial flower strips can increase the occurrence of predators in the orchard and thereby reduce fruit damage.

2018.02.07 | Agriculture and food

Pears under cover are the best

Three years ago, a fruit producer on Zealand in Denmark was faced with a scab challenge. Should he destroy the young pear trees infected with scab or should he invest in covering them with a roof? He chose to invest in a roof, which turned out to be a great investment.

It has rained a lot in Denmark during the Autumn. Hence, leaching of nitrate becomes a challenge in free-range production. However, a solution could be to plant trees that absorb rainwater and utilize nutrients from the soil.

2018.02.07 | Agriculture and food

Organic pig production is finding solutions to challenges

Leaching of nitrate, emission of ammonia and the weather are some of the challenges in organic pig production. Research into designing the outdoor area for growing pigs and planting trees in paddocks could potentially improve animal welfare and reduce the environmental impact.

2018.01.25 | Agriculture and food

New project launched for organic pig and poultry farmers to find solutions for 100% use of organic and regional feed

A new project – OK-Net EcoFeed – aimed at helping organic pig and poultry farmers in achieving the goal of 100% use of organic and regional feed was launched today. A key objective of organic farming is that animals are fed with feed produced at or near the farm.

2018.01.18 | Conference

TP Organics and CORE Organic at Science Day at BioFach 2018

The morning session of Science Day will be organised in cooperation with ERA-Net CORE Organic and dedicated to EU research and innovation policy. What will be the place of organics in the new EU policies that are currently being developed?

2018.01.08 | Conference

Call: ORGANIC FARMING and SOIL MANAGEMENT

This session invites you to contribute with your experience in sustainable agriculture in relation to Soil changes, Plant protection, Soil productivity, Food quality, Socio-economic aspects. Abstract submission deadline: 10 January 2018, 13:00

2018.01.05 | Agriculture and food

Digital tools for farmers – recommendations from OK-Net Arable

On farmknowledge.org you find solutions and tools that are divided according to the most relevant topics in organic arable farming: Soil quality and fertility, nutrient management, pest and disease control, weed management and solutions for specific crops.

Scab can be prevented by growing robust cultivars and not resistant cultivars, while resistance can last very short. This is 'Katrina' with Vf-resistance against apple-scab. The resistance is now broken by the scab fungus and the cultivar is now even very sensitive to scab.

2017.12.14 | Agriculture and food

Apple scab is a challenge to prevent and to predict

Fruit growers can buy support from Apple scab warning programmes, when to decide to spray or not. The programmes predict the risk of scab infection in the orchard. But do they show the reality?

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