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Elderberry crop, ready for harvest.

The Business of Organic Elderberry

In the heart of the Midwest, a growing company called River Hills Harvest is riding the new wave of demand for elderberry products. At the helm of this enterprise is Terry Durham, a longtime advocate of sustainable agriculture, a builder of groundbreaking organizations and an elderberry expert best known for his devotion to developing the […]

Soil Test Example

How to Read a Soil Test

The first step on the road to achieving healthy soils able to sustain productive plants is the soil or plant analysis test.

Extra effort brings in the author’s early crop
of small tomatoes, giving the farm a jump on the competition.

Agricultural Advice from Warren Buffett

Do you know who Warren Buffett is? Neither did I. I did recognize the name — I had heard it for years and was always given to understand that he is very, very rich. I recently investigated him in greater detail and found that he is — and I quote — a “magnate, businessman and […]

How to estimate plant populations per acre.

How to Estimate Plant Populations Per Acre

An accurate estimate of plant population per acre can be obtained by counting using a formula and this graphic.

Number and length of rows for planting corn.

Planting Corn: Density, Location and Ideal Conditions

When planting corn, it’s important to understand best practices for your highest yields.

Alfalfa crop just after it is worked into the soil before organic corn is planted.

Corn Seedbed Preparation

There are several basic methods and many variations of ways to till the soil and prepare a good seedbed for corn planting. An ideal seedbed is warm, moist, well aerated but firm soil.