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Principles of Successful Organic Farming

The number of people engaged in organic farming in the E.U. continues to grow, primarily in response to the growth in demand for organic produce. It is estimated that 17 million people in Europe now eat some organic food. In Austria and Denmark some 8% and 6% of the land, respectively is farmed organically. Some countries have targets of 10% of total agricultural produce being produced organically.

01 July 2002
160 Pages
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National Potato Conference, February, 2002

Apart from the necessity to pre-sprout early potatoes, pre-sprouting also has many advantages for producers of second early and maincrop producers. In the Irish climate with its short growing season, and wet autumns, earlier harvesting frequently results in reduced damage, bruising, disease, and crops safely in store before the frosts arrive. The ideal system for successfully pre-sprouting or chitting seed should allow every tuber to have good access to light and air so that only strong short and green sprouts are produced. These will be healthy and be resistant to damage during planting.

01 February 2002
Event Proceeding
12 Pages