Natural Systems Agriculture
Organic grain farming in drought conditions.
Welcome! The Natural Systems Agriculture website is produced by Martin Entz and his research team at the University of Manitoba. We work on sustainable agricultural systems as a team of researchers, students, technicians, farmers, and interested citizens.
Natural Systems Agriculture explores cropping systems based on processes found in nature - specifically the natural grassland ecosystem of prairie Canada. Critical elements of an agricultural system based on natural processes are perenniality, diversity and animal integration. Native prairie ecosystems contain a great diversity of mostly perennial plants and historically included herds of grazing bison. These are important considerations in the quest to develop agricultural systems that mimic natural systems.
Topics in Natural Systems Agriculture
Within each of the following topics, you will find articles based on research carried out by the University of Manitoba and our collaborators. For a complete alphabetical list of all articles, please see the Site Map.
Notes from the Field
Martin Entz shares his thoughts and observations on organic farming.
- May 9 2016 - Seeding into dry soils
- May 28 2016 - No-till organic flax and wheat
- June 8 2016 - New weed control machine
- July 5 2016 - Organic grain farming in drought conditions
2016 Research Projects
We have many exciting projects in store for 2016. Please check back for updates.
This page created October 2005.
Last updated July 2016.