Crop Rotation for Transition to Organic: Year 4 - Potatoes
By Stacey Eidse
The Transition to Organic trial at Carman, Manitoba is now in its fourth year. This experiment involves several different crop rotations as well as different nutrient amendments. This year all plots were planted with Yukon Gold potatoes. The crop history includes three rotations:
Once planted, each plot received either composted ruminant (cattle) manure, composted monogastric (chicken) manure or dehydrated alfalfa pellets, based on soil test recommendations. Over the summer, I will be measuring water and nutrient use, disease occurance, weed populations and crop density. There is also a sister trial similar to this one in Truro, Nova Scotia.
This page created June 2005.
Updated July 2005.