Wisconsin is a top-ranked state in organic agriculture, and we lead the nation in organic dairy production. Organic production and marketing are important research areas for CIAS. In addition, we report on the status of organic agriculture in our state.
Composted manures offer yield and disease resistance benefits (Research Brief #45)Composted manures offer promise as beneficial soil amendments for vegetable growers. New research results show that composted manures can increase vegetable yield, influence crop diseases, and bring about changes in soil microbial life. These research findings are from an on-farm collaboration between vegetable growers and research scientists at UW-Madison. The project began with Richard DeWilde […] more
CROPP study maps paths to small-scale co-op marketing success (Research Brief #18)The 1993 study helped us see the potentials for marketing cooperatives, and the decisions CROPP has made since then are instructive for anyone interested in that topic. — Steve Stevenson Formed in 1988 by a handful of organic farmers, the Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool (CROPP) in LaFarge, Wisconsin, shares a philosophy of collective action […] more
Land stewardship practices on the Krusenbaum organic dairy farm (Research Brief #17)It’s important that we farm organically. That’s the whole reason we’re in farming. We have ethical reasons we feel it’s important to treat the soil biodynamically. — Altfrid Krusenbaum The importance of farming organically and biodynamically has motivated the land stewardship practices of Altfrid and Sue Krusenbaum on their 240-acre East Troy, WI, grass-based dairy […] more
An organic dairying overview from the Krusenbaum farm studies (Research Brief #16)It’s important that we farm organically. That’s the whole reason we’re in farming. We have ethical reasons we feel it’s important to treat the soil biodynamically. — Altfrid Krusenbaum With the market for organic milk offering potential niches, some Wisconsin dairy farmers are curious about what it takes to make the transition from conventional to […] more
Organic potatoes: they can be grown, but can they be profitable? (Research Brief #4)Organic potatoes can be grown on a large-scale without commercial pesticides and standard fertilizers. However, production costs for organic potatoes are higher and their yields are lower than for conventionally produced potatoes. Whether prices for organic potatoes can be high enough to offset these costs remains a question. more
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