Organic farming is rooted in smaller and local farmers searching for methods to get sustainable crops. Now, though, growth is also occurring amongst larger farmers looking for methods to broaden their grain farms, says Scott Ausborn, an Iowa farmer and president of the Iowa Organic Association (IOA).
Like their commodity matches, prices paid for some organic grains have decreased. Organic corn prices have tended downward from $9.50 a bushel in the spring of 2018 to approximately $8 per bushel now, says Ausborn.
Nonetheless, organic soybean costs continue to soar at around $19 to $20 a bushel during the same period.
Since natural farmers can’t apply herbicides, they handle weeds via tools like crop competition — ausborn underseeds alfalfa or red clover when he solid-seeds oats.
“Organic farmers are searching for double the price of commodity crops,” says Ausborn. “It takes into consideration lower yields and that we are not doing a standard corn-and-soybean turn. Sometimes, you’ll do an oats year that generates much less revenue. You might only plant corn once every three years.”
Fraudulent advertising and marketing of domestic and imported organic grain have additionally challenged the trade.