Posted by Paul on December 04, 2012 at 06:35:39 from (22.214.171.124):
In Reply to: Re: organic corn posted by Hoosierhog on December 04, 2012 at 00:22:00:
I was thinking sweet corn, if this is for grain.....
Last year regular corn you could get $8 a bu, so 8*130*4 is $4160 gross income on 4 acres.
Organic production with your numbers is 9*45*4 is $1620 gross.
Now, certainly one can get top yields with organic if one has been working at it and perfecting it. But, these numbers show the downside of trying to do organic production as a hobby and not getting it quite right. The learning curve....
The difficulty with organic field corn is finding a market. I can haul the regular $8 corn 1/2 mile to the local coop, organic corn I would need to haul 23 miles to the special buyer that deals in organic grains. Then they can pick times for delivery, and payment, and if they fill their needs they won't buy any more so it is a fickle market.... -That- would be the real expense and downside of trying to do organic for me...
You need to figure out your market, and if you really get a bonus price after all the extra expenses. On top of that converting an abandoned grass field to a corn field is a challenge to get the insects and fertility right within the organic limitations.
I understand this is a hobby, and the experience is worth more than the money one gets, and nothing at all wrong organic. Just use realistic numbers in your projections, and find your market, where you can sell the stuff, before you buy the seed.
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