Organic Inisghts

Top down photo of two fields that have different colors. Probably wheat and corn You can easily observe rows in crops

Do You Have Hidden Organic Acres? 6 Scenarios To Reduce Transition to Organic

By Steve Sinkula / August 19, 2019

By J.P. Rhea, Organic Farmer & AgriSecure Co-Founder The transition period to organic can be a challenging time for farmers. For 36 months you’re growing crops organically while still selling them at conventional prices, and it’s not unusual to see a yield drag along with higher costs. But there are some situations where you can […]

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Protect Your Profits with the Right Organic Crop Insurance Plan

By Steve Sinkula / August 15, 2019

By Eric Sorensen, FBN Crop Insurance and Bryce Irlbeck, AgriSecure One of the biggest concerns’ farmers have about transitioning into organic is that they’ll lose their crop insurance. But that’s a myth — there is government-subsidized crop insurance for both organic and transition acres, and the program is better today than it’s ever been. However, […]

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Top down photo of two fields that have different colors. Probably wheat and corn You can easily observe rows in crops

Profit Potential and Soil Health Draw 4th Generation Corn-and-Soybean Farm into Organics

By Steve Sinkula / July 25, 2019

Chuck Thompson was tired of living hand-to-mouth. Like many farmers, he grew up on a traditional, corn-and-soybean operation in Humboldt, Iowa, and returned to it after college. Today, he and his brother farm with their father, making them the fourth generation of the family farm. But in the last decade, the Thompsons have struggled to […]

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5 Critical Factors for Effective Weed Control in Organic Row Crop Systems

By Steve Sinkula / July 3, 2019

By Matt Holman, AgriSecure & Rhea Brothers If you’re new to organic production, or are considering it, one of the biggest concerns you probably have is weed control. Without the use of herbicides, you may be wondering whether weed control is even possible. While it does take a higher level of management, weed control in […]

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Growing Demand for Organic Foods Sets Up Long-Term Benefits for Farmers

By Steve Sinkula / June 27, 2019

When Steve Merfeld heard Farmers Business Network (FBN) was investing in AgriSecure, he started to think about whether his 2,200-acre farm in Nashua, Iowa, should get into organic production. He presented the idea to two farmers he works with and they agreed to investigate further. After meeting with AgriSecure and reflecting on their experiences with […]

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4 Keys to Early Season Organic Success

By Steve Sinkula / June 5, 2019

By Bryce Irlbeck, B&B Irlbeck Farms Given how often things change in farming, some consider plans to be obsolete. But for large-scale organic producers, developing a plan is key to avoiding pain points that can hurt your bottom line. And when things change, as they often do, a plan can help determine your next best […]

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VIDEO: To be or not to be? Making the decision to transition acres to organic

By Steve Sinkula / April 5, 2019

The biggest challenge to taking advantage of the organic profit opportunity is often making the decision to get started.  AgriSecure clients have consistently valued our team’s experience and perspective in helping evaluate the opportunity, as well as understand what it takes to be successful. If you’d like to hear directly from 4 farmers, watch the […]

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New “Got Organic?” Report Details the Organic Opportunity

By Steve Sinkula / December 19, 2018

Consumer-driven demand for organic food, and thus organic crops, has grown rapidly over the past decade. Consumer demand has created a significant economic opportunity for row crop growers; however, U.S. organic corn and soybean production has lagged. DBL Partners recently published “Got Organic? Welcome to the Age of 21st Century Organic Farming”, a powerful paper […]

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Farm & Livestock Directory Look to AgriSecure for Transition Questions

By Steve Sinkula / November 20, 2018

Farmers have a lot of questions when considering the transition to organic crops.  To help their readers, Farm & Livestock Directory looked to AgriSecure and Farmers’ Business Network to get started on seven common questions. Check out Thinking About Transitioning to Organic? Seven common questions answered to read J.P. Rhea’s thoughts and insights to questions AgriSecure frequently […]

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Transitioning Acres to Organic: Q&A with an Iowa Grower

By Steve Sinkula / November 9, 2018

While he was intrigued by the profit potential of organic crops, Kyle Schomers didn’t necessarily think it was a right fit for his family’s farm. That was until he received some sound advice from the folks at AgriSecure. Kyle’s family farm had an issue with a field that was not producing like it should, so […]

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