Organic crop acreage increased from about 13 million to almost 31 million acres between 2002 and 2011 while acreage for some major field crops increased substantially growth was modest for others among three major field crops corn soybeans and wheat certified organic production of corn increased the most. The structure and profitability of organic field crop production the case of wheat organic cropping systems rely on ecologically based practices such as biological pest management and composting and exclude most synthetic chemicals under organic cropping systems the fundamental components and natural processes of ecosystems such as soil. The profit potential of certified organic field crop production by william d mcbride catherine greene linda foreman and mir ali this study uses data from targeted surveys of organic corn wheat and soybean production in an observational analysis of cost of production differences between conventional and organic crop production systems. The structure and profitability of organic field corn production despite the interest in organic field crop production there is little information about the relative long term cropping system data during 1990 99 were used to examine the relative profitability of organic cropping systems in southwestern minnesota mahoney et al . 2016 organic agriculture research symposium proceedings certified organic field crop profitability william d mcbride and catherine greene1 the views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to ers or usda
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