Growers attending a July 21 Organic Grain Crops Field Day in Kinston, N.C., will see some of the high risk, high reward options facing organic farmers in the upper Southeast

Organic meat is in high demand these days and to produce it growers must use organic grains. Like other grains, demand for organic corn and soybeans by North Carolina livestock producers runs way ahead of supply.

Importing organic grain from other parts of the country for beef, poultry and swine operations is costly, creating a good market for locally grown organic grains. Two big problems limiting growth of organic grain production in the state are weeds and seeds.

North Carolina State University Organic Crops Specialist Chris Reberg-Horton says, “Weed control is the most challenging aspect of producing organic soybeans.  We have spent the last several years looking at multiple tactics that, together, can really help fight weed pressure in organic soybeans.

Growers attending the July 21 meeting will see how seeding rate, seed size/variety, roll-kill/no-till, and cultivating can contribute to a soybean weed management plan. They will get an opportunity to see cultivators in action and see how well they perform.