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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