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Intercropping for sustainability

Two-day Conference with AAB, DIVERSify and ReMIX at Reading University

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020



30 July 2020
ORC welcomes the National Food Strategy

The first major reviewof our food system in 75 years

24 July 2020
The future of organic farming and the environment

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Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Creeping thistle

Category: News
4 January 2017

Successful control of creeping thistle in organic farming

Creeping thistle has become an increasing problem, especially for organic arable farms with soils of high organic matter. Wherever it grows, it competes with crops for water and nutrients. Once established, much patience is required to achieve aceptable levels of thistles. There is no ‘magic bullet’ for its control on organic farms. However, by following certain rules of plant cultivation, in combination with direct methods, thistles can be effectively controlled.

This booklet results from the Organic Knowledge Network Arable project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union.

The booklet was produced by FiBL and the English version was adapted by ORC. Hard copies will be available from ORC for £5.00 (incl. VAT, plus postage). To pre-order a copy please contact Anja Vieweger

Download Creeping thistle: Successful control in organic farming

Keywords: creeping thistle weed control arable

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