Mono culture/big farm vs organic/rotational cropping systems the rising -war?

Which is a better healthier strategy for healthy plant production?

organic soybean plants

organic soybean plant

Since 1990 research has been carried out by The University of Wisconsin’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute agronomists , on the long term effects, risks and net returns for fields plants grown on two different separate farming areas. On these study fields, one grew a single crop over extended period of time which was compared with multi-crops grown in a rotation system on other fields.

The results are in and were analyzed.

The organic species-diverse rotational pasture system results were compared to the more specialized conventional alfalfa-based forage and corn-based grain from two sites in southern Wisconsin from 1993 to 2006 .

The money winner

The diverse multi-crop rotational sytems were more profitable and had less risk. The rotational grazing program was equally as profitable as the organic system.

Not analyzed in this study

  • health benefits were not studied.
  • the micro health of the soil evaluated


Excerpts courtesy of Can Organic Cropping Systems Be As Profitable As Conventional System Staff Madison WI (SPX) April 7, 2009.

Excerpts courtesy of Organic and Conventional Production Systems in the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial: II. Economic and Risk Analysis 1993–2006 – Jean-Paul Chavas et al. March 4, 2009.


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