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Are you looking for information about Farms in Southwest Georgia? Maybe you've just moved here or you're planning a visit to one of the Southwest Georgia counties. Whatever the reason, we're here to help. We've gathered information about each county and placed it online here at southwest-ga.com.

Organic farming has become one of the most favoured options for the production of safe, highly nutritious food and long-term sustainability. The market for the produce from organic farms is growing, especially as consumers have become more aware of food-safety issues, environmental preservation and wildlife protection.

Organic farming is practiced in over 100 countries worldwide, and, as of 2007, there were over 26 million hectares managed under organic farming techniques. Of this total, Australia had the biggest share (43.3%) with its 11.3 million hectares; Argentina was a distant second with 2.8 million hectares.

From its inception, the position of organic farming has been against large-scale, chemical-farming agriculture. The debate between organic farming and chemical farming is far from settled. Some of the points involved are described below.

Natural controls of insect pests and diseases

An organic-farming system does not use synthetic chemicals, including inorganic fertilisers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. To keep pests at acceptable levels, natural pesticides may be used. Chemical-farming advocates say natural pesticides are crude and are actually improved upon by synthetic pesticides, and that the distinction between the two is arbitrary. Organic-farming advocates point out that pest control in organic farms is achieved by encouraging the presence of predators and natural enemies of pests, following crop rotation, using cover crops, and growing healthier plants; natural pesticides (such as soybean oil, rotenone and pyrethrum) are only used as the last resort.

Research from the early 1990s has shown that organic farms have lower populations of insect pests than conventional farms or that there is little difference between them. A comprehensive analysis by Letourneau and Goldstein (2001) who studied organic and conventional tomato farms in California showed that there was no difference in the abundance of plant-eating animals (herbivores) but the organic farms had higher abundance and a wider variety of natural enemies to pests that affected the crops, which led to better pest control.

Soil ecology

Proponents have always asserted that the organic system maintains high levels of biological activity and fresh organic matter in humus, thus promoting soil health. Numerous studies investigating various aspects of soil ecology, including the physical, chemical and biological properties of soil, and its ecological processes such as nutrient cycling, in organic and conventional farming systems have confirmed the claims of organic farming advocates.

Some of the most significant studies involved the organic and conventional farming trials in Switzerland (called DOK trials), which covered a 21-year period. One study by Siegrist et al. (1998) found that organic plots had significantly greater earthworm biomass, soil aggregate stability, and population diversity than conventional plots. Another study by Mäder et al. (2000) showed colonization of beneficial fungi was 30-60% higher among plants growing in organic farming systems, which implied that organic systems had a greater capacity to achieve plant-fungi symbiosis.

Nutrient loss

Many studies have shown that nitrates leach out at slower rates in organic farms than conventional farms. For example, Eltun et al. (1995) found that nitrate runoff in conventional cash crop systems in Norway was at least two times higher than in organic cash crop systems. Among farms producing forage crops, loss of nitrates in organic systems was 36% less than that in conventional systems.

Soil productivity

The basic criticism against organic farms is that yields are lower than conventional farms. The Swiss DOK trials found that the organic systems had 20% lower yields than the conventional systems, but it was also noted that fertilizer consumption in organic systems was 50% lower. Organic farming advocates point to the economic costs of conventional farming systems such as the cost of environmental clean-up and the depletion of non-renewable energy resources; in contrast, organic systems avoid these hidden costs.

Another factor that contributes to lower yields in organic farms is the presence of weeds. Several researchers have found higher weed densities and weed biomass in organic farms compared with conventional farms. On the other hand, researchers have also reported the presence of rare and endangered weed species on mature, decades-old organic farms, which may indicate a contribution to encouraging plant biodiversity. It may not favour short-term economics but it does support long-term ecological concerns.

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Looking for more information about farms in a particular area of Southwest Georgia?
Then browse through the listing of Southwest GA counties below.

Farms in Southwest Georgia

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  • Atkinson County, Georgia
    Farms in Atkinson County, Georgia
  • Baker County, Georgia
    Farms in Baker County, Georgia
  • Benhill County, Georgia
    Farms in Benhill County, Georgia
  • Berrien County, Georgia
    Farms in Berrein County, Georgia
  • Bibb County, Georgia
    Farms in Bibb County, Georgia
  • Bleckley County, Georgia
    Farms in Bleckley County, Georgia
  • Brooks County, Georgia
    Farms in Brooks County, Georgia
  • Calhoun County, Georgia
    Farms in Calhoun County, Georgia
  • Chattahoochee County, Georgia
    Farms in Chattahoochee County, Georgia
  • Clay County, Georgia
    Farms in Clay County, Georgia
  • Coffee County, Georgia
    Farms in Coffee County, Georgia
  • Colquitt County, Georgia
    Farms in Colquitt County, Georgia
  • Cook County, Georgia
    Farms in Cook County, Georgia
  • Crawford County, Georgia
    Farms in Crawford County, Georgia
  • Crisp County, Georgia
    Farms in Crisp County, Georgia
  • Decatur County, Georgia
    Farms in Decatur County, Georgia
  • Dodge County, Georgia
    Farms in Dodge County, Georgia
  • Dooly County, Georgia
    Farms in Dooly County, Georgia
  • Dougherty County, Georgia
    Farms in Dougherty County, Georgia
  • Early County, Georgia
    Farms in Early County, Georgia
  • Grady County, Georgia
    Farms in Grady County, Georgia
  • Harris County, Georgia
    Farms in Harris County, Georgia
  • Houston County, Georgia
    Farms in Houston County, Georgia
  • Irwin County, Georgia
    Farms in Irwin County, Georgia
  • Lanier County, Georgia
    Farms in Lanier County, Georgia
  • Laurens County, Georgia
    Farms in Laurens County, Georgia
  • Lee County, Georgia
    Farms in Lee County, Georgia
  • Lowndes County, Georgia
    Farms in Lowndes County, Georgia
  • Macon County, Georgia
    Farms in Macon County, Georgia
  • Marion County, Georgia
    Farms in Marion County, Georgia
  • Miller County, Georgia
    Farms in Miller County, Georgia
  • Mitchell County, Georgia
    Farms in Mitchell County, Georgia
  • Muscogee County, Georgia
    Farms in Muscogee County, Georgia
  • Peach County, Georgia
    Farms in Peach County, Georgia
  • Pulaski County, Georgia
    Farms in Pulaski County, Georgia
  • Quitman County, Georgia
    Farms in Quitman County, Georgia
  • Randolph County, Georgia
    Farms in Randolph County, Georgia
  • Schley County, Georgia
    Farms in Schley County, Georgia
  • Seminole County, Georgia
    Farms in Seminole County, Georgia
  • Stewart County, Georgia
    Farms in Stewart County, Georgia
  • Sumter County, Georgia
    Farms in Sumter County, Georgia
  • Talbot County, Georgia
    Farms in Talbot County, Georgia
  • Taylor County, Georgia
    Farms in Taylor County, Georgia
  • Telfair County, Georgia
    Farms in Telfair County, Georgia
  • Terrell County, Georgia
    Farms in Terrell County, Georgia
  • Thomas County, Georgia
    Farms in Thomas County, Georgia
  • Tift County, Georgia
    Farms in Tift County, Georgia
  • Turner County, Georgia
    Farms in Turner County, Georgia
  • Twiggs County, Georgia
    Farms in Twiggs County, Georgia
  • Upson County, Georgia
    Farms in Upson County, Georgia
  • Webster County, Georgia
    Farms in Webster County, Georgia
  • Wilcox County, Georgia
    Farms in Wilcox County, Georgia
  • Wilkinson County, Georgia
    Farms in Wilkinson County, Georgia
  • Worth County, Georgia
    Farms in Worth County, Georgia
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