More and more growers are showing interest in organics, especially with $3.50/bushel conventional corn prices. The atmosphere in coffee shops is sometimes a bit tense, with the gathered local farmers wondering out loud . . . Are we going to make any money this year? Can we cover all our expenses? Where are the prices headed? Should we be thinking about some changes?
I see the light and I feel the heat is the point many growers are at when they approach us asking about organics. While organic corn is currently selling for $12.63/bushel, it’s a quite obvious decision on paper. Why not jump full-force ahead into organics?
Because change is scary. How will I survive during the 3-year transition period? How will I control my weeds? What will my neighbors think? How will I deal with pests? Where would I get equipment? My operation is too large…How would I be able to support 1,000+ acres of organic grain? Do I know all of the risks associated with transitioning?
While these are legitimate concerns, it is very possible to make a nice profit farming organically. Modern organic agriculture is SO similar to conventional farming. With all the technology and equipment made specifically for organic farming, organic producers can out compete their conventional neighbors; looking very professional. We’ve seen firsthand some well-rounded individuals go from full-fledged conventional practices to 100% certified organic and they’re doing a darn good job while making big money! One transitioned in honor of his father and one found a niche in alternative crops.
Want to learn how YOU can make it too?
Our friend, Keith Landis, has organized an organic farming seminar scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 at Deer Valley County Club along Route 40 at 3298 Hoover Rd., Deer Grove, Illinois.
Keith owns and operates a certified organic operation near Sterling, Illinois and says he’s been approached by a few growers who have also been walking on pins and needles since conventional prices spun out of control. He hopes to show any interested farmers that there’s a number of options out there to help get them started.
We will have a booth along with several other seed, grain marketing, and farm data vendors. Guests will get the opportunity to learn from an organic certifier, a crop insurance specialist, and a real-life farmer panel.
Reservations must be made by July 2 by calling Keith Landis at (815) 499-4118. The cost is free for interested farmers and a complimentary lunch will be provided.
With hundreds of thousands of bushels of organic corn being imported into the U.S. from foreign countries such as Romania, Turkey, Netherlands, Canada, Argentina, and India, the market is waiting.