How to Thrive in Today’s Ag Economy: Consider Alternative Crops

How many of you operate a strictly corn-soybean rotation?

Is there another crop that might make sense (and cents) for your climate and soils? Maybe. What are the benefits to expanding beyond the corn-soybean rotation? Could it be to spread risk and increase profit potential?

Changing up your rotation can be nerve-wracking, and that’s why we’ve asked one of the country’s largest providers of certified organic black beans to address these questions during our upcoming seminar.

Besides black beans, the Sattelbergs also offer navy beans, small reds, pinto, cranberry bean, great northern, and a variety of kidney beans. Photo credit: bayshoresales.com.

Besides black beans, the Sattelbergs also offer navy beans, small reds, pinto, cranberry bean, great northern, and a variety of kidney beans. Photo credit: bayshoresales.com.

Jim Sattelberg, along with his wife DeAnn and their sons Ben and Matt, own and operate Thistledown, Bay Shore Farms, and most recently, Bay Shore Sales in the thumb of Michigan. Jim, a third-generation Michigan dry bean producer, is well versed in the financial, marketing, and production considerations and processing needs for specialty grain and edible dry bean success. Together they have found a way to include dry edible beans in their rotation, in addition to soy and spelt.

As the demand for these crops have grown, the Sattelberg family have expanded into buyer relations, processing, seed and equipment sales to better help other farmers fit these beans into their rotations as well.

Whether organic or conventional, learn how to determine if this crop is right for you, and ways to maximize the returns and minimize the pitfalls growing dry beans at our upcoming seminar “How to Thrive in Today’s Ag Economy – 10 Practical, Profitable Solutions” from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 29 at the Chateau Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington, Illinois. For more information, click here or reserve your spot by calling (815) 872-1190 by January 21.

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