Published Mar 8, 2023

Diversified Crop Rotations in an Organic System

By Practical Farmers of Iowa

In this farminar, Illinois organic farmer Jacob Landis will share his experience with crop rotations, including alfalfa, field peas and sunflowers, both as single crops and double crops. You’ll learn more about how these crops fit within Jacob’s operation, the way cover crops can fit into diverse rotations and the influence of variable weather conditions. Jacob will also share what he’s learned about integrating diversified crop rotations into his organic system.

  • Jacob Landis farms with his family near Sterling, Illinois, where they grow corn, soy, wheat, sunflowers, field peas, alfalfa and occasionally oats. The family milks about 60 dairy cows and raises the dairy steers for beef. The organic farm includes about 1,000 acres (including pasture and hay) where Jacob and his family trial different on-farm practices like double cropping, no-till organic farming and farming with biological inputs to see what works best with their operation.