22 June 2017
Agroforestry 2017

Improving productivity for farmers and foresters

28 June 2017
Allerton Project - 25th Anniversary Open Day

Agricology Field Day at the Allerton Project



23 May 2017
In-conversion land area on the rise

Defra organic farming stats for 2016 released

15 May 2017
TP Organics: 2017 Call for Organic Innovations

Check out this year's themes & apply!



1 February 2017
The future of UK organic support

Defra minister announces continued support post-Brexit

Creeping thistle

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.

Download Creeping thistle: Successful control in organic farming

Ordering hard copies

Hard copies are available from ORC for £5.00 (incl. postage).