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What considerations should producers be weighing when choosing what to seed?

Farmers should first maintain their crop rotations. Beyond that, cultivate crops that will maintain the existing relationships growers have with buyers. In a year like this year, growers need to consider that there may be over production of certain crops so going heavy on green manure crops, to increase fertility for future years, could be a good move.

How can producers set themselves up for high quality grains this season?

Organic agriculture is a technology and like most technologies there are tools such as Mycorrhizal Fungi and Clonostachys Rosea that if used properly will boost soil fertility and disease resistance. Talk to fellow farmers that are using these products and get their feedback. Based on the current scientific consensus and from speaking to and visiting organic farms that continuous crop, nature doesn’t like bare ground; as the beneficial micro-organisms that are the foundation of soil fertility die off if they do not have plant roots to synergize with. Investigate continuous cropping systems used by other organic farmers and see if any of these or variations of are appropriate for your farm.

For producers, what are the market considerations for intercropping?

One important market consideration for intercropping is how or which cleaning plant will separate out your intercrop. Go with an intercrop that would be easily separated. For example, oats and peas are easily separated as they both have very different test weights, so will separate on a gravity table, and shapes, so they will separate with an indent cleaner.

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What considerations should producers be weighing when choosing what to seed?

Producers need to keep a few things in mind when choosing what to seed, such as price and movement, but more importantly, producers need to be working on getting a rotation set on the farm that will allow them to more consistently grow good quality, clean crops on their farm. This is not normally something that happens overnight, but is imperative in an organic operation.

How can producers set themselves up for high quality grain this season? 

This answers tails on from the first one, as growing high quality grains stems from a good rotation, as well as good nutrient and weed management. Rotation is key to this, but there are also some new soil amendments available that can increase quality and productivity now as well.

For producers, what are the market considerations for intercropping?

The most important thing to consider when looking at intercropping is who will be buying the separated commodities from you, and knowing their specs very well. For example, in the case of an oat/pea intercrop, we have a zero tolerance for legumes in our milling oats. So, for that intercrop, you need to be sure that you are going to be able to clean all of the peas out of the oats, to avoid additional costs or potential rejection when you deliver your grain.

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What considerations should producers be weighing when choosing what to seed?

Producers should not be focused entirely on the market that currently has higher prices over other markets. Prices can change. Rather, producers should focus on seeding their acres into crops that will generate steady reliable cashflow for their operation. There is always room to try something new, but don’t jump into a market with both feet because of high prices. Another option is to speak with buyers to get an idea of what they are looking to purchase that year. At the end of the day, producers know what crops grow best with their soil from experience.

How can producers set themselves up for high quality grains this season?

It is important for producers to get their soil tested on a regular basis (yearly) to ensure the soil isn’t lacking any essential nutrients for the particular crops that are being grown that season. On the organic side of farming there are still options when it comes to adding nutrients to soil, even though we cannot add conventional fertilizers to the soil. Your local organic soil expert would be the best source to reach out to for this matter. The other important ingredient for growing high quality grain is planting in the right weather, which can sometimes be difficult to coordinate due to the weather not cooperating. Overall, the most important thing producers can do is make sure their soils have the correct composition of nutrients and organic matter that are appropriate for the crop they are growing. The health of the soil will play a large role in determining the health of the crop.

For producers, what are the market considerations for intercropping?

If you are new to intercropping, ensure you perform your due diligence beforehand to see what works and what doesn’t. As a producer you will need to know what you are going to do with your intercropped harvest. If you plan to sell it, you may need to have it separated which will come with additional costs or it can be used as mixed livestock feed. Alternatively, intercropping can be an efficient way to fertilize the soil. After harvesting one of the crops, the remaining crop can be worked under as green manure. Intercropping has the potential to increase soil fertility and crop yield with certain crop combinations, but the producer must consider multiple things in the planning stages such as time to maturity and what combinations tend to work best together.

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