Three tips for creating an organic crop rotation

Organic producers Steven Snider (l), Tim Hoven (middle), and Ward Middleton (r) spoke about creating an organic crop rotation at the Organic Alberta Conference in Olds. Photo: Jennifer Blair

By Jennifer Blair
OrganicBiz staff

Organic crop rotations are “a real ball of wax to deal with,” says veteran organic grower Steven Snider.

“There’s so many options out there. I think people would like for me to just tell them what to put in, and that would be nice and simple,” said Snider, who runs an organic grain operation near Edberg.

“The problem is I don’t know your operation and I don’t know what your resources or your capabilities are.”

Ultimately, producers need to decide for themselves “what works best and what makes them profitable and sustainable.”

The more species you have growing, the better it is. – Ward Middleton, organic grower

“A lot of it boils down to making good management decisions,” said Snider, part of a panel at Organic Alberta’s conference in late February.

So if there’s no easy answer when it comes to developing an organic crop rotation, what can you do?

Snider — along with two other organic producers — shared their top three tips for building an organic crop rotation that could work for your farm.

To read the full article on the Alberta Farmer Express, click here.