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Exploring Organic Grain and Forage Production as a Profitable Enterprise for Palouse Farmers

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PNW 748
Pub. Date: 2020

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Demand for organic grain has outpaced actual US grain production in recent years. Yet little is known about organic grain production in the Palouse, likely because it comprises a small portion of total crop production. This study takes a closer look. It examines crop productivity under reduced-tillage conditions, provides estimates of field-scale costs, determines the benefits of crop rotation, and describes the principal factors that determine profitability within cropping systems. The verdict: organic grain and forage production can be a profitable niche enterprise within a traditional Palouse nonorganic wheat farm.

Authors: Kendall Kahl, Kathleen Painter, Nicole Tautges, Kristy Borrelli

10,000 words


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