Published Jan 13, 2016

Nuts and Bolts of Small Grains Production

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


Klaas Martens and his partner, Mary-Howell farm 1,400 acres in Penn Yan, New York, where they grow certified organic corn, soybeans, spelt, barley, wheat, triticale, oats, rye, red kidney beans and hay. They also raise livestock; own and operate an organic feed and seed business; sit on numerous boards and committees; speak at conferences across the U.S.; and conduct on-farm research. Klaas will talk about growing small grains as part of his operation in New York, and is eager to have a discussion on growing small grains in Iowa.

Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens farm 1,400 acres of organic corn, soybeans, and small grains such as wheat, spelt, barley, oats, triticale, and heritage grains. They have been farming organically since 1993, and own and operate Lakeview Organic Grain, an organic feed and seed business in Penn Yan, New York.