Klinge/Tidwell Cropping Systems Analysis

Published Feb 6, 2004

Jeff Klinge and Deb Tidwell farm about 300 hilly acres near Farmersburg, in northeast Iowa. They have been PFI members since 1995 and research cooperators since 1996. For several years, Jeff has generated production budgets for his organic soybeans and for conventional soybeans as grown in the neighborhood. But organic soybeans may be the most profitable crop in the rotation, so is it realistic to look just at the soybeans? In 2003, Jeff and Deb filled in the rest of the picture, providing operational costs and revenue for each crop in their five-year rotation. Jeff’s notes on the following page provide additional information and observations from the 2003 cropping year.