Grain Crops


Workshop Session I: 9:15-10:30 a.m.

Overcoming the Hurdles to Organic Grain Transition

Panel discussion, featuring Carmen Fernholz, A-Frame Farm, and moderated by Eric Richer, OSU

Organic grain transition can be a difficult process. To help new and transitioning growers, hear about the challenges, the solutions, and ways to have a smoother entry into organic.

Woodhull B

Workshop Session II: 10:45 a.m.-Noon

The New Economics of Organics

Ryan Koory, Mercaris

Recent years have seen substantial changes in interest rates, global trade, input costs, and oilseed crushing margins. These changes have reshaped U.S. agricultural markets in meaningful ways, creating new risks and opportunities. Argus will present its latest data and research on organic commodity markets, and how these changes could shape markets into the future.

River Birch C

Workshop Session III: 1:30-2:45 p.m. 

Thinking Through Diversity: Crop Rotation on an Organic Grain Farm

Thor Oechsner, Oechsner Farms

Explore the fascinating world of organic field crop rotation, talking through why a long, diverse mix of both cash and cover crops are an essential part of successful weed/disease control and healthy soil. Basic principles, as well as crop sequencing specifics, will be covered.

River Birch C

Workshop Session IV: 3-4:15 p.m

Navigating Turbulent Organic Grain Markets

Carmen Fernholz, A-Frame Farm

You put in money, a lot of time, possibly some prayers, and now you have a crop. Now what? In order to get the fair price for your work, find a buyer and a trucker, and have the confidence to be paid as promised, hear from the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing on the best moves.

River Birch B


Workshop Session V: 10:45-Noon

Farm, Mill, and Bakery: Adding Value Adds Up

Thor Oechsner, Oechsner Farms

Delve into how an organic field crop farm kept its head above water by adding value to its grain through processing. Talk about both the why and how they came to own and operate both a flour mill and bakery. Simple on-farm grain cleaning and marketing will also be covered.

River Birch B

Workshop Session VI: 1:30-2:45 p.m.

The Basics of Surface and Subsurface Drainage

Dave Shively, Shively Farm, Don Stinner

Explore the different types of surface and subsurface drainage, and learn more about different drainage strategies and how they may be beneficial to your land.

Denison Room

Workshop Session VII: 3-4:15 p.m.

Environmental and Economic Tradeoffs Associated with Integrating Livestock into Cash Grain Cropping Systems

Doug Jackson-Smith, Marilia Chiavegato, and Ryan Haden, OSU

In collaboration with 31 Ohio farms, OSU collected on-farm samples, economic data, and farm management history, documenting the environmental and economic tradeoffs with different approaches to crop and livestock integration. Working with farmers in two regions of Ohio, they will identify the factors that incentivize or prevent this type of farm diversification.

Woodhull B

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