I am considering no-till organic field crops, soybeans and
grains. Do you have any cost-of-production records for these?
I'm glad to hear you are interested in the concepts and ideas
of using our roller technology and intensive cover crop management
to grow organic row crops. In answer to your question, I don't
have real accurate economic data on this technology from a
production standpoint since most of our work has been geared
towards perfecting the biology and mechanics of the system.
I can tell you that the farmers we are working with for on-farm
research and demonstration plots are quite happy with the
cost savings. Bill Mason down in Maryland has just begun harvesting
a 120-acre field of rolled rye soybeans and said to me yesterday
it looks great (it looked good three weeks ago when I saw
it). We have successfully reduced the number of trips the
tractor makes over the field from nine to two (saving money,
time and fuel), we’ve eliminated most fertilizer (using
legume cover crops) and don't use any herbicide (we are, of
course, organic). We market our grain at premium prices, so
we know the economics will look good. We are working now on
getting some grant funding to expand our work to include both
economic and energetic analysis to provide farmers like yourself
the detailed information you need to make the transition.
Thanks again for the inquiry.