10-year interdisciplinary monitoring of organic stockless, vegetable rotations at Warwick-HRI, Kirton, South Lincolnshire, UK

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Interdisciplinary monitoring of an organic stockless farming system has been carried out over ten years on a fertile silty clay loam in the main vegetable production area of the UK. The results draw together economic outcomes with agronomy, soil science and agro-ecology. Organic management has been used at the Kirton research site since con- version of a 3.2 ha unit in 1997. There is great variability in crop yields and marketing results but overall a successful ongoing vegetable production system has been established. Soil fertility, weeds, pests and diseases have been managed successfully without imports of animal manures or green waste compost. Production costs are well controlled and marketable yields are good. However, because the site is a research farm, the actual marketing of produce was sometimes weak and caused a low farm net margin. The site contributes valuable information to the European network of long-term field experi-ments in organic farming for this particular farming system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-32
Number of pages4
JournalAspects of Applied Biology
Volume79
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2006

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Keywords

  • Organic vegetables
  • Long-term experiments
  • Crop rotations
  • Farm economics
  • N dynamics
  • Fertility building
  • Interdisciplinary modelling

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