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Farmers, researchers share insights on rolling rye in organic no-till system

Versatile rye, hardiest of the small grains, has found feed, forage, and cover crop uses in farming for centuries. Yet rye straw as a rolled-down mulch for no-till drill grain could be its greatest purpose yet.  Read more.


Study examines true cost, benefits of winter bale grazing

Winter bale grazing is touted by many as a great way to add nutrients to the soil through spent hay litter left behind after the cattle are done grazing. In an attempt to know the true cost and benefit of purchased hay in a bale grazing scenario, we must somehow measure the benefit of that hay litter on the pasture in subsequent years. Read more.


Market farmers share their favorite methods to thwart weeds

Weed management is an endless challenge to small- and large-scale farmers alike. Several market farmers share their experiences and the methods that they prefer. Read more.


Protecting organic integrity: Too little, too late?

The integrity of U.S. organic products has recently come into question. It is time for the organic community and the National Organic Program to reassess current oversight of fraud, and rebuild the system of accountability to reflect the fact that organic is a ripe target for those who want to make an extra buck without doing the work to deserve it. Read more.


Reduce stress by sorting out your farm’s cash flow

If handling your farm’s cash flow by the seat of your pants is stressing you out, cash flow planning and analysis will help to ease your anxiety. Read more.


Researcher explains factors to consider when rolling-crimping rye
July | August 2017

University of Wisconsin Organic Cropping Systems Specialist Erin Silva has a long list of important factors to consider when rolling-crimping rye, derived from more than 10 years of research. Read more.


2018 Farm Bill offers chance to encourage sustainable, organic farming

It’s time again for Congress to begin working on a new federal farm bill. This process takes place roughly every five years and sets the ”rules of the road” for much of our food and farming system, including many sustainable and organic farming policy issues.  Read more.


Farm Transfer: Plan so all heirs get equal share

If you have farming and non-farming heirs and want to treat all of your heirs financially equally, here are some questions and tips to consider.  Read more.


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