Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2015 Regional Award Winner

 

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Blake Vince and Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board

Blake Vince and Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board

For several decades, E. Blake Vince has underseeded red clover into his winter wheat. But why stop at just one cover crop? Inspired by the results he saw touring the world on a 2013 farming scholarship, Vince now plants a mix of up to 15 different species into his harvested wheat field. When those plants grow, they provide many benefits. They regulate nitrogen levels, reducing the need for fertilizer, and they out-compete weeds, reducing the need for herbicides. Their root structure also holds the soil in place and increases its ability to hold water. Finally, the cover crops provide habitat for a host of organisms that promote healthy, fertile soil. As Vince is proving, sometimes more really is better.


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