Submitted by Jeff Hake on Fri, 01/23/2015 – 3:43pm Although I’m not currently farming, I love reading industry rags. So when Vegetable Growers News showed up at our office recently, I was excited. Headlines like “Higher potato consumption goal of social media effort” and “Federal grant awarded for organic tomato research” are sure to catch […]
Production Risk Management
Managing risk in organic grain farming happens at every level. While it may seem to begin with the production systems that the farmer puts in place, experienced growers will tell you that successful organic systems begin with understanding the farmer, the farmer’s resource base, and how the farmer will develop their organic system plan. This […]
Assessing and Accessing Progress in the Soil
Michelle Wander, soil science professor at the University of Illinois, discusses how farmers can measure their progress and leverage that progress for future growth.
Organics: A Farm Manager’s Perspective
Gary McDonald, organic farming consultant, explores the farm manager’s perspective on growing the organic grain economy in Illinois.
Establishing Field Plans and Crop Rotations at Goldmine Farms
Jack Erisman, veteran organic farmer and owner of Goldmine Farm, presents a farm tour where he discusses his double seven year rotation and field management of organic grain crops. He explains the importance of the farmer’s relationship with the land, the importance of diversity in organic systems, and how those culminate in the creation of […]
Planning for Success in Weed Management
Gary McDonald, an organic consultant, delivers a presentation on weed management in organic grain cropping systems and how weed management is key to a successful yield.