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Nutrient Management on Organic Farms

The management of nutrients in organic farming systems presents a formidable challenge, as the use of inorganic fertilisers is not permitted. Therefore organic farmers must optimise a range of soil, crop, rotation and manure managements to ensure a nutrient supply which will guarantee optimum crop yields and minimise losses to the environment. To achieve this objective, an appreciation of the nutrient cycles in farming systems is essential.

01 December 2008
40 Pages
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Grassland Management on Organic Farms

For many Irish farms the simplest and most financially rewarding system of production will be based on maximizing the use of grazed grass. With good grassland management it is possible to have a long grazing season of high quality feed at low cost. On an organic farm, clover is the driver of grassland production.

01 November 2008
16 Pages