Grain on the Brain

Thoughtful Tillage

Episode Summary

This episode we have guest host Allison Squires, from Upland Organics, speak with Curtis Cavers, from AAFC, about some of the things to think about before we take the discer to the fields. They also talk about the kinds of tillage that can lead to water and wind erosion and how to balance tillage needed for weed and green manure management and soil health.

Episode Notes

Resources links

Curtis mentioned Manitoba Agriculture’s Soil Management Guide as a great resource in learning more about soils in general and how to manage them:


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Guest bio 

Curtis Cavers

Curtis is the site supervisor for the AAFC-Portage la Prairie sub-station which is part of the Brandon Research and Development Centre.  Curtis has a focus in agronomy and soil science, specifically in the areas of nutrient management, soil health, tillage, water management, precision agriculture and general crop production.

You can contact Curtis at:  or reach him by phone: 204-871-7346

Our guest host for this episode was Allison Squires. You can find out more about Allison and her farm, Upland Organics at

Book recommendation

Dale & Carter: “Topsoil and civilization”