Converting to Organic ProductionRaymond Martin2019-10-15T15:35:27-05:00
Important Considerations When Converting an Organic Farm
The Systems Approach to Farm Management
The organic producer has to convert not only the farm but the management approach. Conventional producers tend to look at issues in isolation without recognising that every activity affects many aspects of the farming system.
A farmer may be concerned about managing weeds. However, clearing weeds removes soil cover which increases soil erosion which reduces soil fertility which affects crop growth. Farmers in conversion must account for the effects of an activity on the system.
Farm design and planning
Conventional farmers tend to be reactive and act when they see a problem. Organic producers should be proactive and should design the farm and plan in a manner to reduce pest outbreaks and other issues that impact productivity.
Many times farmers ask what they should use instead of synthetic inputs. The answer is in the design and the crop rotation plan. A crop rotation plan which includes cover crops will increase fertility and reduce pest levels.