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Home  >  Field Crops  >   Organic Small Grain Production Overview (Summary)

Organic Small Grain Production Overview



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By Susan Tallman, CCS

Published January 2012

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20 pages

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This publication gives a general overview of organic small grain production. It includes basic production principles, tips on transitioning to organic, ideas for rotation design, and examples of rotations from various parts of the United States.

Table of Contents

A Brief Definition of “Organic”
Production Principles
Soil Health
Addition of Organic Matter
How Much is Enough?
Crop Residue
Cover Crops
Animal Manure
Rate of Organic Matter Decomposition
Transition to Organic
Transition Out of CRP
CRP and Soil Fertility
CRP and Weeds
Transition in Stages
Rotation Design
Water Use
Livestock Integration
Sample Rotations
Bob Quinn, Montana
NDSU Experiment Station, North Dakota
Carmen Fernholz, Minnesota
Iowa State University, Iowa
University of Nebraska, Nebraska
Kansas Organic Producers, Kansas
Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens, New York
Northern Grain Growers Association, Vermont

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