Start Date

30-11-2006 12:00 AM

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Most Iowa crop producers now rely on only two crops, corn and soybeans, for their livelihood. This has led to many challenges, including increased pest problems, such as bean leaf beetles and soybean aphids, a skewed distribution of labor throughout the year, and vulnerability to adverse weather and poor prices. It has also become increasingly difficult to compete in the world market when these commodities can be produced at a lower cost in other countries, such as Brazil. Crop producers are continually looking for a third crop to include in their rotation, but either the economics are not favorable or there is not a local market for the crop. It is not likely that only one crop will emerge as the elusive "third crop" for Iowa. But, it is possible that various third crops are suited to our growing conditions and may be integrated on some farms. The key to adoption will be viable markets for these niche grains, forages, and oilseeds. A change in farm policy, so that integrating additional crops would not threaten long-term profitability and land values would also speed adoption of alternative crops for feed and for niche markets.

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Nov 30th, 12:00 AM

Production and Use of Flax and Field Peas in Iowa

Most Iowa crop producers now rely on only two crops, corn and soybeans, for their livelihood. This has led to many challenges, including increased pest problems, such as bean leaf beetles and soybean aphids, a skewed distribution of labor throughout the year, and vulnerability to adverse weather and poor prices. It has also become increasingly difficult to compete in the world market when these commodities can be produced at a lower cost in other countries, such as Brazil. Crop producers are continually looking for a third crop to include in their rotation, but either the economics are not favorable or there is not a local market for the crop. It is not likely that only one crop will emerge as the elusive "third crop" for Iowa. But, it is possible that various third crops are suited to our growing conditions and may be integrated on some farms. The key to adoption will be viable markets for these niche grains, forages, and oilseeds. A change in farm policy, so that integrating additional crops would not threaten long-term profitability and land values would also speed adoption of alternative crops for feed and for niche markets.

 

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