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Farmers switch to organic corn makes economic sense even though yield lags

| | June 16, 2016
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Hippies and anti-GMO zealots grow organic crops. Right? Wrong.

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As grain prices tank, necessity is the mother of organic acreage for many producers. USDA’s 2014 Organic Survey showed $3.3 billion in total value of crops sold, a big jump from 2008’s $2 billion. . . .  [Texas farmer Timothy] Gertson is tapping an organic vein that shows scant signs of wilting.

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Betsy Rakola, USDA organic policy advisor, says the health of the organic crop industry bodes well for producers. “. . . .The market for organic products is strong and can be two to three, or even four times higher than conventional wholesale prices.”

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As for Gertson, he plans on increasing organic production to take advantage of a market he doesn’t want to ignore. “Many of my farming friends thought I was crazy to plant organic corn, but when they heard the price, the understanding was immediate. This was a 100% business decision. Row crop farmers may not understand organics at first, but they understand money.”

Read full, original post: Only Anti-GMO Hippies Grow Organic Corn, Right? Wrong.

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