This fall, we completed the second year of CFSA’s organic no-till project, determining production costs, yields, profitability, and scalability of growing no-till butternut squash after a cereal rye cover crop. We used several cover crop and weed management methods that were implemented using a tractor, walk-behind tractor, or done manually.

If you want to dig into our findings, don’t miss Comparing No-Till Methods & Equipment for Different Scales

We started a research project with Cooperative Extension to demonstrate the growth and profitability of sprouting broccoli as a winter market option. We trialed three sprouting broccoli varieties in a caterpillar tunnel in Concord, NC. The crop was extremely low maintenance and high-yielding from November through March, with an estimated gross income per square foot at $5!

If you’re interested in adding this cool season beauty to your rotation this year, check out our fact sheet from the project!

CFSA’s organic, no-till research project at Lomax Farm studies how well different cover crop-based, organic no-till systems perform and the acreage at which each makes sense. If you’re a small- to mid-scale grower who wonders which organic, no-till method or equipment to use and whether it makes sense to invest in larger-scale equipment, we hope this research will inform some of your decisions. While our research is not definitive – it covers only one crop and needs another year of data at least – it will hopefully provide a framework for navigating the decision-making process when taking on organic no-till or scaling up.

Read all about our findings in: How Do Organic No-Till Methods Compare?