Profitability of Organic Farming Systems in Wisconsin

The USDA-ERS held a conference in Washington D.C. from March 16-18 on organic farming systems research that included several long-term systems research trials across the USA. These slides summarize long-term economics on organic and conventional crops in WICST. Authors: Janet Hedtcke, Joshua Posner, John Hall and Jon Baldock More »

A Comparison of Low Input Systems on WICST

Marginal profits, increasing pest pressure, and concern for pollution hazard have resulted in increased interest in including small grains in corn-soybean rotations and using less inputs.  Data from the WICST trials show environmental advantages of using a chemical free three-phase system but yields were often lower than in the high input systems.  Researchers have found […] More »

Economic Analysis of WICST: Gross Margins and the Impact of Government Programs (1992-2002)

Profitability, or the ‘bottom line’ is what most farmers seem to pay closest attention to. The 2001 and 2002 economic analysis for the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trials (WICST) adds to the previous years of analysis that were initiated in 1992. In addition we have included an analysis of the effect of government programs on […] More »

Gross Margins of the WICST Cash-Grain Systems: 2003 and 2004

Profitability is one of the key factors that drive management decisions. Farming is no exception. Successful commodity farming, i.e. cash-grain production, is dependent upon producing and marketing large volumes of grain as efficiently as possible. Large acreage, large machinery, and large debts are all part of the business. However, growing interest in organic production uses […] More »

WICST Forage Systems Comparison: Production, Milk Models and Gross Margins

Forages play a major role in Wisconsin agriculture. Over 3 million acres of Wisconsin cropland are in alfalfa, grass and clover hay and pasture, similar to the acreage in corn production (WI Ag Stats, 2004). They play a major role in dairy and beef rations as well has horse diets, providing 50 to 100% of […] More »