Exploring Organic Grain and Forage Production as a Profitable Market for Palouse Farmers

Kathleen Painter, Kristy Borrelli, Kendell Kahl and Nicole Tautges
PNW 748 | Published October 2020, Reviewed 2023


Demand for organic grain has outpaced actual US grain production in recent years. Yet little is known about organic grain production in the Palouse, likely because it comprises a small portion of total crop production. This study takes a closer look. It examines crop productivity under reduced-tillage conditions, provides estimates of field-scale costs, determines the benefits of crop rotation, and describes the principal factors that determine profitability within cropping systems. The verdict: organic grain and forage production can be a profitable niche enterprise within a traditional Palouse nonorganic wheat farm.

About the authors

Kathleen Painter
Kristy Borrelli
Kendell Kahl
Nicole Tautges

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