Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm
According to the USDA National Organic Program, certified organic farmers must source organic seed (seed from organically raised crops). The organic seed industry is currently growing in Iowa and the Midwest, and with this growth, organic growers are looking for University-based recommendations on organic varieties to use in Iowa. The Organic Agriculture Program at Iowa State University has been using organic seed at the ISU Southeast Research Farm for 11 years with excellent results. In addition, a new organic fertilizer (Biotic Organic™ 4-4- 4, Perfect Blend, Bellevue, WA) was tested in 2013 for organic popcorn production.
Iowa State University
Delate, Kathleen; Glasener, Andres P.; and Rees, Myron C., "Evaluation of Organic Soybean Varieties and Organic Fertilizer for Organic Popcorn" (2014). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 2070.