Expert says prairie producers could be intercropping pioneers


Intercropping has become a hot topic at a lot of farm shows and workshops lately. One particular conference that stood out, was the inaugural intercropping workshop held at Brandon, Man. The workshop was put on by the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, the Manitoba government, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers, and the Manitoba Organic Association.

Lana Shaw, intercropping research specialist with South East Research Farm (SERF), spoke to the crowd about why, if they haven’t already, they should consider trying intercropping.

Shaw outlines what makes the Canadian Prairies a unique place to do this work. “I think because of our history with developing no-till and because we have this diverse set of specialty crops here … we grow about 20 different species at our research farm (alone),” Shaw says.  “I think that’s why (we can be pioneers) because when you look at other places in North America, they grow only corn and soybeans — so we have so much more of that here.”

Shaw adds by adding in a mix of great personalities and eager to learn farmers, the Prairies could really champion the farming practise.

Listen to RealAgriculture’s Jessika Guse speak with Lana Shaw of SERF all about intercropping and why it’s starting to increase in popularity, and what crops work and don’t work together.

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