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Cropping systems

If you are looking for basic information on commodity crops such as corn or soybeans, check out the MU Extension links below. Production and marketing information about alternative grains and oilseeds including sunflowers, canola, flax, buckwheat, amaranth, dry beans, and millets can be found at the Jefferson Institute web site link below. ATTRA has a great set of information on organic grain production and other factors for grain crop production, such as soil and pest management and use of cover crops. University extension programs in several neighboring states have in-depth information about commodity crops as well, which can be found by using Google with search terms such as “Iowa corn extension.”

ATTRA also has an excellent set of online guides for various fruit and vegetable crops, including organic production, and tips for marketing strategies. Further information specific to Missouri is available on selected horticultural crops from the MU Extension links below. An in-depth regional guide available free online is the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers.

For ideas on nut crops, integrating trees and pasture or trees and row crops, or other uses of trees on farms, see the agroforestry links below. A good overview publication on strategies for diversifying cropping systems is the United States Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) publication Diversifying Cropping Systems.

Field crops

MU Extension sources

University of Missouri resources

External resources

Horticultural crops

MU Extension sources

External resources

Tree crops and agroforestry

University of Missouri resources

External resources