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Transitioning from Conventional to Organic Production for the CSW Rotation

John Hanchar, Farm Business Management Specialist
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

January 10, 2018
Transitioning from Conventional to Organic Production for the CSW Rotation


  • A multiyear agronomic study of conventional and organic CSW cropping systems, including transition period agronomics, provided data for an economic analysis designed to identify the optimal crop sequence for the conventional to organic transition period.
  • Net Present Value (NPV) analysis of a feasible set of crop sequences for the CSW cropping system, rotation during the transition period yielded the following optimal sequence, where acres are allocated equally among corn, soybean, wheat annually
    • Conventional corn as an entry crop for the transition period precedes organic red clover which precedes organic corn
    • Conventional soybean as an entry crop for the transition period precedes organic corn which precedes organic soybean
    • Conventional small grain, barley as an entry crop for the transition period precedes organic soybean which precedes organic wheat/red clover
  • Growing conditions to date for the multiyear agronomic study comparing a conventional to an organic CSW cropping system affected results.

Transitioning from Conventional to Organic Production for a CSW Rotation (pdf; 151KB)
  • View this article for a detailed description of the economic analysis.











Upcoming Events

Fertilizers and Herbicides

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 31, 2023
Mount Morris, NY

As input costs rise, it is necessary to employ the best management practices, and it can be advantageous to know what you're getting from your purchases. Plan to attend if you want to understand the terminology, calculations, formulations, and chemistry behind your fertility and herbicide recommendations. 

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Agritourism Workshops Monthly!

February 20, 2023
March 20, 2023
April 17, 2023
May 15, 2023
June 19, 2023
July 17, 2023

Are you thinking of starting an agritourism business or are you currently operating one?
Join our monthly lunch-hour, workshop virtual series and learn how to grow your agritourism business!

The first session will cover the basics of running an agritourism operation. The following sessions will focus on specific topic to help aspiring agritourism entrepreneurs grow their knowledge and profit through this exciting on-farm business.

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Dairy Comp 305 for Spanish Speakers

April 19, 2023

This program was rescheduled from March 30th.

This workshop is for employees, supervisors or managers whose first language is Spanish and whose job entails using DC305 on a daily basis.  The objective is for attendees to improve their understanding of the "language" of DC305 as well as the whys behind consistent data entry.  Since DC305 is specific to each farm, the workshop will focus on general application and deeper understanding of how data is used on dairy farms.

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