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Growing Grains for Distilling Helps Wisconsin Farmer Diversify

Wisconsin farmer Patrick McHugh has diversified by growing 140 acres of alternative crops, reports Agri-View. These include heirloom open-pollinated corn and Aroostook rye that are used by La Crosse Distilling Co. The distilling crops are part of a rotation that also includes organic soybeans and cover crops. McHugh aims for as little soil disturbance as possible, using a flame weeder and striving to add organic matter. He’s also trying a new crop: an acre-and-a-half plot of hemp.