Organic Science Canada

Organic Science Canada magazine is packed with the latest advancements in organic research and innovation from the Organic Science Cluster. The magazine brings you trends, news and results from across Canada. The scientists who appear in these pages are working hard to improve the sustainability and profitability of organic and low-input agricultural systems.

Spring 2020

Organic Science Canada

The Organic Federation of Canada (OFC), in collaboration with the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC), is proud to present the Spring 2020 edition of Organic Science Canada!

We hope that you enjoy this new and improved issue and look forward to future issues! And, as always, we welcome comments and suggestions.


The second edition of Organic Science Canada reports on projects of direct and strategic importance that can help organic farmers make key decisions on their land to ensure the sustainability of their operations. So, we hope the information provided will be as relevant to you and, who knows, that you will begin to test some of the research results on your farm."

                                                                          -Jim Robbins; President, Organic Federation of Canada


Feature Article

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Farmer Participation is Successfully Improving Organic Crop Breeding

Dr. Martin Entz, University of Manitoba; Anne Kirk, Manitoba Agriculture; Michelle Carkner, University of Manitoba

Can organic farmers count on better cultivars for organic production? The short answer is yes, organic farmer selections and participatory breeding often outperform conventional varieties. The success of the farmer selections is clear.

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Feature Article


Breeding Winter Cereals for Mulch Cover Proves Transformational

Dr. Andrew Hammermeister; Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, Dalhousie University

AAFC crop breeders are making a dramatic shift in breeding objectives for fall
rye and winter triticale. No longer is the emphasis on crop yield. The breeding program is targeting cover crop characteristics that support weed management and tillage reduction as part of a sustainable cropping system.

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