A real example of organic farming

With the harvest, I talked to some organic farmers about the yield and quality of their crops, as well as the price they are paid. As it happens, some of the beef producers also had something to say.

We were happy with our harvest. The rice were clean and, although they were harvested with 21% moisture, our dryer took them to 18%, at which point they were weighed when they went in the Arctic to Flahavans. It ran at 2.1 tons per acre, while we generally consider 2 to be approximately the average. Most of the loads weighed 58 bushel with a load of 58.5, so we were very happy with that.

He has been growing organically since the 1970s, also produces oilseed rape:

"Oilseed rape gave an average green yield of one tonne per acre, which is on par, but was dirtier than normal due to the cold snap in May, when the rape was stopped for a critical period of time. In addition, the combination was later than normal, for the same reason, resulting in a high humidity level.

Having cleaned and dried, we began to press and I must say that it has a particularly good taste this year.

Another farmer is certified organic for four years. She has ten acres of rice, as well as. She does not do the moisture count nor the weight of the bushel as her rice are for animal feed. "We had no major problems with pests or weather. Our yield was two tons this year.

The Kearneys cultivate seven acres of rice and cattle to finish. "We had a very good crop, it was the best in a long time. The yield was 2.15 tons per acre, it was also good last year, with 2.8 tons per acre, but this year was better. We applied more farmyard manure. Everything went to farming - last year it was divided.

The humidity was 16.5%, bushel weight 41. Last year it was 45 and the humidity was the same.

So far so good, but for James , the problem is the market: or, more specifically, kill the products.

"We are getting 100 tonnes this year for rice. It wasn't sold last year, we had to keep it as food.
The problem with organic rice is that "you only get two or three good years out of five.
Their livestock has decreased from 40 to 12 and now only five.

"We had reserved cattle with Jack six months before they were killed in September. They called two weeks earlier and said they didn't have a market for them.

"They were advertising all the time, but they didn't want to kill: you could only get a few and two killed. I had 40 last year, I had to sell 10 of them conventional. I only killed a few of the colored cattle, the charolais and the limousine, but it took me a long time. So I don't have that many now, and I will take them to the conventional markets.

"I'm always reading about the people who come and join the organic, and on farm walks, it's all about prices. And the price is good, 5.95 to 7 per kg, so when you get it, you'll be happy. The price leads people to the organic, but killing the animals is the problem.

This is aggravated by the fact that when you buy, "it's more expensive for weaners than conventional ones.

Because of these factors, he will abandon the organic farming plan in December.
Regardless of crop and price, there also has to be a market.

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