Organic Field Day


Soil Fertility in Organic Grain Production

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 


Oak Ridge Farms
Pendleton, Ind.


Field day participants mingle at registration

It was a beautiful day in Pendleton, Indiana, where nearly 80 grain farmers gathered to learn about transitioning from conventional row crops to organic. John-Paul Franks, a young and inspiring organic farmer, opened his farm to showcase his transition process.

John-Paul Franks has been gradually transitioning his 140-acre grain farm to organic production since 2010, certifying his first acreage in 2013. He shared the hows and whys of his farm’s transition, focusing on managing risk during the switch. He and John Martin, a longtime organic farmer from Williamsburg, also covered soil health and maximizing available organic nitrogen sources. Martin has been managing his soil fertility organically for over 30 years, and routinely grows 200-bushel organic corn.


Field of newly certified organic corn



Participants check out John-Paul’s “tofu beans”




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