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Organic oats

Organic producers struggle to find suitable varieties for their growing conditions. Most field crop varieties released are bred and tested under conventional conditions. To fill this gap, Organic Alberta is conducting large field-scale testing of three different oat varieties (CDC … Continue reading

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Participatory wheat breeding

Our program is working on developing new organically-bred varieties through a participatory breeding program. Farmers, researchers and industry are working together to make crosses and select plants that are adapted to the unique growing conditions of organic farms. Here, Stuart … Continue reading

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Poly culture research plots

The Semi-Arid Agriculture Research Centre (SPARC) in Swift Current, Saskatchewan runs various trials related to organic agriculture. In this picture, researchers demonstrate an experiment in testing different mixes of varieties grown as a polyculture. Blends included a grass (Oats, Millet, … Continue reading

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Mustard diversity

Mustard is second only to wheat as the most important crop grown in Western Canada. Mustard can be eaten as a leafy green, or it can be grown for seed. Oil from mustard seed can be used for condiment mustard, … Continue reading

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Fall Rye in early spring

Gold Forest Grains in Morinville, just North of Edmonton, Alberta, where John Schneider grows several heritage grains organically and sells them locally. I caught him right in the middle of the busy seeding season. Products include Red Fife wheat, Park … Continue reading

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