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11th IFOAM
Scientific Conference
11-15 August 1996
Copenhagen, Denmark

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Effective Microorganisms in Vegetable Production S12

Daly, M.J.

HortResearch, Christchurch, New Zeeland

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A series of weed and fertility management trials associated with the commercial production of process peas, onions, beans and sweet corn were established on organic farms in Canterbury during 1994-1995. These trials were part of a large extension programme jointly funded by Government and Industry and designed to transfer technology to farmers and ultimately increase the number of farmers growing organic produce.

This paper will focus on the fertility management component of this programme, and in particular, the performance of EM (a microbial inoculant containing a diverse combination of beneficial microorganisms) in relation to other fertilisers in terms of growth and production of the crops grown.

The results are very encouraging and demonstrate a consistent and significant positive response with the use of EM in crop production and indicates the potential of this technology to reduce fertiliser use and increase the yield and quality of crops.