Organic arable production aims to produce healthy, good quality food in an ecologically responsible way - for which the grower gets a fair return. The organic approach is designed to deliver positive health throughout soils, plants and crops, avoiding the need for agrochemicals and benefiting the environment and wildlife.

Growers apply management practices that maintain optimum soil fertility and soil biological activity, as well as enhancing the wider farm environment by encouraging farm wildlife. A healthy soil helps support healthy plants that can resist pest and disease attack, while farm wildlife encourages predators which minimise pests and diseases. Organic grain is produced under a range of systems, including mixed farms and stockless farms, growing cereals and protein crops, along with grass clover leys.

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  • Arable storage factsheet
  • Guide - Biodiversity
    • The purpose of this guide is to raise awareness among organic farmers of the value of maximising biodiversity within the organic farmed landscape, benefiting the farmer and the wider environment. Agri-environment schemes are likely to become increasingly important with support payments diverted to measures that improve conservation management on farms.
  • Guide - Soil Management
    • Good soil management is the key to plant and livestock nutrition in organic farming. This guide is designed to help give an understanding of soil and how farming operations can affect its properties. It also provides practical information on how to manage, maintain and improve soil health and fertility.
  • Guide - Woodland Management
    • Woodlands can complement and support wider farm management by providing shelter for stock, farm materials and an efficient use of winter farm labour. The purpose of this guide is to encourage organic farmers to apply best practice in woodland management to maximise farm biodiversity and economic return.

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