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Organic Planting Dates: Sometimes Starting Later is Better

If you’re an organic farmer, what are the ideal organic planting dates? Most conventional farmers are primed to plant early because it often maximizes yield potential. Seed treatments can protect against cooler soil temperatures and herbicides can deal with weeds. But organic farmers have to tackle these problems with other means. We have to think […]

Preventing Pesticide Drift (And What to Do if it Happens)

Every year organic farmers hear about unwanted chemicals drifting from one field to another and damaging crops. But how concerned do you need to be about preventing pesticide drift? Unfortunately, pesticides drifting onto your organic farm is a real possibility. And the consequences can be significant. You’re at risk of crop damage, income loss, and […]

6 Ways to Protect Organic Profits in Uncertain Times

Economic uncertainty hits all sectors of the agriculture industry, including organics. The good news? It’s possible to safeguard your organic profits. For a start, it’s even more important for organic farmers to focus on executing their operations really well. The better the execution, the better you can weather the market conditions and remain profitable. Here […]

Intercropping for Profit and Weed Management

Organic row crops can be sold for high premiums. And as an organic farmer, successfully controlling weeds is often central to achieving the highest level of profitability. Enter intercropping for profit and weed management! Intercropping allows you to grow at least one high-value organic crop, such as yellow field peas, while effectively suppressing weeds and […]

Consider Organic Farming? Yes.

With so much economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be wondering: Is now the right time to transition into organic crop production? Is this the right time to increase the number of organic acres you’re already farming? My answer, yes. Current market conditions, falling commodity prices for conventional crops and somewhat lower […]

4 Keys to Choosing and Using Organic Crop Inputs

Growers understand that switching from a conventional farming system to organic means giving up certain products like genetically modified seed and synthetic herbicides. But that doesn’t mean organic farmers do not have crop input options. In fact, aside from nitrogen fertilizers and herbicides, most conventional inputs can be found in organic forms, and through use […]