Transitioning to organic production can be daunting. But you don’t have to go it alone. Organic farming is all about strategy — a strategy we’ve helped farmers manage for over 30 years. Our organic fertilizers and soil amendments fit within a system designed to improve your soil’s productive capacity and help you grow more resilient crops. Many farmers transition to organic production to pursue price premiums; with our approach — high-production organic farming — we can help you pursue high yields as well.
In high-production organic agriculture, crop yields can match those seen on conventional farms. You can maximize organic production with balanced fertilizers that eliminate yield-limiting factors and support plant health. Following a soil test, we’ll help you identify nutrient deficiencies in the soil and correct them with a blend that includes all the nutrients your crop needs. Whether you plan to grow row crops, small grains or forages, our fertilizer blends can build soil organic matter and nutrient availability to help you improve yields.
Soils with good structure and optimal pH are the foundation of successful organic crop production. Healthy soils produce resilient crops, helping plants establish quickly and ward off pest and disease problems. Our leading organic soil amendment, OrganiCal™, can improve multiple soil types. It contains finely ground gypsum, humates and high-calcium lime to improve distribution and plant availability of calcium in the soil. Together, the calcium and sulfur in OrganiCal can improve structure in heavy soils, while the humates can increase plant-available sulfur and calcium levels in light soils.
Earthworms improve soil structure, increase nutrient cycling and boost water-holding capacity. Together, these effects can lead to an astounding 25 percent increase in yield and a 21 percent rise in plant biomass.1 U.S. farms often have very low worm populations in their soils — a common symptom of poor soil health. By strengthening earthworm populations, farmers can better leverage soil organic matter to improve nutrient efficiency — particularly nitrogen — and boost crop yield.
As soil structure improves, biological diversity and activity increases. Our fertilizers and soil amendments supply calcium and carbon to improve soil structure and encourage earthworm activity. When paired with a diverse crop rotation and minimal tillage to reduce habitat disturbance, earthworm populations flourish. The resulting increase in biological activity magnifies input production benefits, helping maximize on-farm nutrient efficiency and build overall soil capacity.
Forgoing crop protection chemicals can be challenging, but there are many other tools available to keep crop performance strong.
Starter Fertilizer: Our starter fertilizers encourage quicker crop canopy cover to help shade out weeds, lower moisture at harvest and reduce soil evaporation. The early season boost from starter also improves overall plant health and resiliency.
We’ve partnered with Mercaris to help our customers get the best market prices for their organic and transitioning crops. Mercaris is a market data service and online trading platform for organic, non-GMO and certified agricultural commodities. This tool can be especially helpful during the transitioning process, when crops cannot be sold as organic-certified but are still of high quality. We also work closely with large food companies seeking to increase their organic and non-GMO supply chains. Working through our contacts, we may be able to help you secure off-take agreements for your organic and transitioning crops.
At Midwestern BioAg, we’ve supplied farms with organic fertilizer for over 30 years. Our organic products are either OMRI listed or meet National Organic Program (NOP) standards. In all cases, we recommend you check with your certifier on specific products to ensure compliance.
If you’re thinking about transitioning to organic production, Midwestern BioAg’s fertilizers and soil amendments can help. We offer a complete line of organic farming inputs to help you maximize soil productivity and grow high-yielding, healthy crops. View our organic farming inputs here.