Making Soybeans a Successful Part of Your Rotation


Workshop audio recordings from the 2014 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.


Charlie Johnson, Johnson Farms
Saturday II – 2 p.m.
The increasing demand for soybeans in both the organic food and feed markets makes this crop an important component in any organic growers menu for a profitable crop selection in their rotation. As with any organic crop, growing soybeans can be a challenge in organic production systems, but with good planning and the right tools, this high value crop can be part of your annual rotation. Crop rotation, cover cropping, seed varieties, and strategic use of tillage and cultivation can result in clean fields and acceptable yields. Careful combining, post-harvest cleaning and storage can lessen the dockage at sale. There is a strong demand for both food and feed grade soybeans, but knowing how to work with buyers is the final challenge, once you are able to grow great organic soybeans!