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Re: more handwritting on the wall

The only thing close around here is 1 elevator that takes white corn -- you have to store on farm and hold until elevator is ready, then deliver it.  The non-gmo guys haul quite a ways to get a premium price, but don't know if the premium is worth it.  Anybody can switch to non-gmo quite readily, but if everyone did it, there would be no premium for it.  Organic is tougher due to all the rules, inspections, qualifying ground, paperwork, etc.  Still, it probably wouldn't take very many to reduce or eliminate the premium -- at the same time, if enough switched, it should make a dent in non-organic production while reducing the gap in pricing.  The last thing organic producers should want is more organic producers.  Once 'specialty crops' are mainstream, they're no longer 'specialty'.


Just curious, since the crop insurance now requires adherance to approved conservation plans, how do the organic growers who do a lot of tillage intend to maintain their compliance?  Not any more, but used to have a certified organic neighbor -- everything was either fall or spring moldboard plowed -- but he never signed up for anything at FSA, didn't need to, although he did collect some handsome crop insurance payouts.  I think he made some decent money, organic farming combined with crop insurance money, but it was overly time consuming with all the tillage and cultivating, and hauling his grain sometimes hundreds of miles to a premium-paying market.

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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: more handwritting on the wall

When I was in organics, there was a 5 yr plan where 2 out of the 5 yrs you had to be in hay, so you could get by with the extra tillage and be conservation compliant. But unless you have alot of hills you can blacken it up every fall essentially "moldboard plowing" without anyone raising an eyebrow.

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Re: more handwritting on the wall


Your point toward the end, about crop isolation and getting coops to do things, making seed choices by public popularity, etc.

I been through this a few times and lots of folks want to tell you what they want you to do, but when it comes down to paying for the inconvenience........... don't bet on a financial reward.  The same folks will try to force you but never intend to pay enough to cover your costs.


Your example of wheat......   Think about it..... One of the few commodities that is not gmo in any way, and the same folks want to stay "gluten" free... 


Just smile and let them have their "fresh" food poisoning.  


I would like to read a list of the nutrients actually lost from green beans for spending a few minutes at 160 degrees to kill bacteria...

I am betting whatever is on that list is not worth the trade....and can be consumed from some other source....