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Potato growers discuss soil management practices

Growing potatoes requires disturbing the soil, so how does that mesh with soil conservation efforts? According to provincial experts, it can.


September 25, 2018
By The Manitoba Co-operator

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Soil advocates want potato growers to bump soil management up their priority list.

Marla Riekman, soil management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, pitched soil management principles to growers and agronomists at Carberry’s Canada-Manitoba Crop Diversification Centre potato tour on Aug. 14.

The root crop, by its nature, involves disturbing soil, something that soil health advocates are quick to argue against in other crops, pointing to detrimental impacts on soil microbe activity, soil structure and increased risk of erosion.

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Potato producers, however, have little choice but to dig under the surface, and any management plan must work around that reality. | READ MORE