Organic

Organic Yield Trial Results – On Organic Farms

by Mac Ehrhardt, President, Co-Owner Organic farmers want to know how their corn hybrids and soybean varieties perform under organic conditions. Albert Lea Seed conducted replicated testing of organic corn and soybean seed on organic farms in Minnesota and Iowa. Yes, some universities are conducting organic yield trials on corn and/or soybeans, which is a […]

March 6, 2020 | Categories: , , Read More >>

Funding the Organic Farming Transition

by Matt Leavitt, Organic Lead / Agronomist Conventional crop prices continue to be challenging for Midwestern farmers’ bottom lines. Farmers looking towards alternate or diversified marketing streams have no doubt considered transitioning to certified organic production, but how can you make ends meet during the 3-year transition period to organic certification? The 36-month transition period […]

March 5, 2020 | Categories: Read More >>

Does It Add Up to ‘Go Organic’ for Farmers?

Financial Planning Tools for Farmers by Matt Leavitt Organic Lead / Agronomist Albert Lea Seed The decision to transition to organic production can be a complicated one. The steady price premiums are attractive, especially to those operations staring down another year of declining net farm income. However, transition is a 36-month process, a wide moat […]

November 4, 2019 | Categories: Read More >>

Seed Options for Prevented Planting 2019

by Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist Prevented Planting Requirements Prevented planting is no one’s top choice, but due to frequent and sometimes heavy rains this spring, but it may be your best option. Guidelines for prevented planting acres are to ‘control weeds’ meaning if weeds aren’t controlled, weed seeds will be ‘the gift that keeps […]

May 29, 2019 | Categories: , , Read More >>

2018 Farm Bill Big wins for Organic Producers

At long last, there is a farm bill! After much partisan pinball, Congress arrived at an $867 billion bill that touches nearly all facets of agricultural production – including clear wins for organic. What’s In the Farm Bill for Organic? To read the final legislation that became law, please click here. National Organic Program (NOP) fully […]

March 4, 2019 | Categories: Read More >>