Field Crops

If you grow field crops such as grain, corn, and legumes, you may want to learn how you can successfully adopt sustainable farming methods or organic production strategies for these crops. This series of publications discusses some of the soil and weed management options and tilling and planting methods that can make traditional field crop production more sustainable and economically viable. Consult these resources for specific information on production of commodity crops, as well as introductions to new alternative crops.

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⇒ Videos

Gabe Brown: Farming in Nature’s Image

Composting! You Can Do It


⇒ Publications

Alternative Agronomic Crops – IP045

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ATTRA Soil Resources – IP556

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Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid Areas – IP535

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Farmer Profiles: Two Organic Grain Farm Case Studies – IP387

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Hops: Organic Production – CT115

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No-Till Case Study, Bauer Farm: Cover Crop Cocktails on Former CRP Land – IP442

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No-Till Case Study, Brown’s Ranch: Improving Soil Health Improves the Bottom Line – IP440

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No-Till Case Study, Miller Farm: Restoring Grazing Land with Cover Crops – IP444

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No-Till Case Study, Richter Farm: Cover Crop Cocktails in a Forage-Based System – IP437

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Nutrient Management in Organic Small Grains – IP391

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Organic Alfalfa Production – IP234

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Organic Cotton Production – IP233

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Organic Rice Production – CT143

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Organic Small Grain Production Overview – IP408

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Organic Tobacco Production – IP322

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Peanuts: Organic Production – IP329

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Potatoes: Organic Production and Marketing – IP337

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Sustainable Cotton Production for the Humid South – IP357

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⇒ Other Agronomic Topics

 

Publications

Disease and Insect Management in Organic Small Grains – IP388

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Grain Processing: Adding Value to Farm Products – IP140

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Guide for Organic Crop Producers – IP225

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Intercropping Principles and Production Practices – IP135

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Marketing Organic Grains – CT154

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Moving Beyond Conventional Cash Cropping – IP201

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Oilseed Processing for Small-Scale Producers – IP134

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Organic Crop Production Overview – IP170

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Organic Standards for Crop Production: Excerpts of USDA’s National Organic Program Regulations – IP332

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Overview of Cover Crops and Green Manures – IP024

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Principles of Sustainable Weed Management for Croplands – IP039

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Pursuing Conservation Tillage Systems for Organic Crop Production – IP183

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Tipsheet: Crop Rotation in Organic Farming Systems – IP407

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Transgenic Crops – IP189

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Weed Management in Organic Small Grains – IP390

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Links to Other Agronomic Topic Information

Conservation Technology Information Center Promotes and disseminates comprehensive data, research and materials related to conservation agriculture.

Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research

Long-Term Agroecological Research, Iowa State University

Midwest Cover Crops Council

Practical Farmers of Iowa Research Reports

Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial