Farming Forever

Potato Industry Sustainability

A Major Step to Improve Sustainability by Potato Industry Potato growers, processors, grower organizations, and national potato and horticultural councils from across Canada and the U.S. are breaking ground to create a single program to improve the sustainability of potato production. The Potato Sustainability Initiative uses a survey of 105[…]

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Agr-Environmental Partnerships

Growing Sustainable Agr-Environmental Partnerships in PEI Kensington North Watersheds Association and local farmers are working together for a sustainable agriculture system in PEI. On Monday March 12th in the Crop Insurance building in Kensington local agriculture producers met for the annual Kensington North Farmers meeting. A successful turnout with over[…]

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Healthy Soils, Profitable Farms

The collective knowledge of our soils on PEI has revealed some trends that are causing some alarm and encouraging farmers to review soil management practices. For several years, soil organic matter levels have been decreasing across the province, according to the 2012 Soil Quality Monitoring Report (Link: www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/af_sw_soilq2012.pdf). Soil organic matter[…]

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Oilseed Radish

Improving Soil Health with Oilseed Radish  Soil compaction is a concern for many farms, as heavy machinery contributes to forming a hardpan that roots have difficulty penetrating. Compacted soil also does not permit sufficient amounts of air to be in contact with roots. Cover crops assist farmers by suppressing weeds,[…]

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CleanFARMS Program

CleanFARMS means a Cleaner Environment Farmers in the Maritimes are leading the agricultural sector in collecting and disposing of obsolete farm chemicals, livestock medications, and seed bags in a safe manner. The CleanFARMS program was created in 1998 to develop and promote work that had first started in the Maritimes[…]

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Satellite Technology Assisting Farmers

Satellite Technology Assisting Farmers with Environmental Solutions It’s an impressive site, a potato field with rows perfectly straight from one end to the other. It takes a good operator to run a potato planter, but they have some assistance in achieving those bullet straight rows. The same Global Position Satellites[…]

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ALUS

Alternate Land Use Services (ALUS) The majority of land on PEI is owned by farmers. With this land, farmers not only grow food and are the largest sector of the PEI economy: farmers are also providing our communities with environmental services. In order to minimize the impact of agriculture on[…]

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Grass Waterways and Berms

Gullies and watercourses are low spots in a field where surface water will naturally drain. The sandy soils of PEI are highly erodible, in comparison to soils in other regions of the Maritimes. A heavy rainfall event may lead to water quickly running across the surface of a tilled field[…]

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