One of the requirements of organic farming is for farmers to grow only one crop at a time per season. Even if the farmers decide to grow a different crop the next season, they’d have to wait for the soil to replenish the nutrients lost during the harvest of the previous crop.
This monoculture farming method is the reason why many farmers refuse to transition to organic agriculture. Harvesting just one crop per season means they only have these specialized crops to sell to markets and big retailers.
But that’s the point. The operative word here is “specialized.” The general market knows how important it is for fruits and vegetables to be planted in a specific way. People are more health-conscious than before, leading them to look for organic products.
They know that what they consume will eventually affect their well-being. They are more careful about their food intake. But does it mean that it’s wise and more practical for farmers to invest in organic products?
Specialized Crop Production
Contrary to what many conventional farmers believe, organic farmers can grow their yield and earn more with specialized crop production. Just imagine this: with a monoculture farming method, the farmers would need to use just one type of seedling and fertilizer across the farm field.
They would do the same thing for the whole farm. They will spend the same amount of time in each area of the field. They are essentially saving their time, money, and energy in exchange for greater yield.
Organic farmers can maximize profit and minimize the cost of cultivating the same species. Essentially, they are following the same growing requirements, planting, maintenance, pest control, and harvesting across the farmland. Learning how to grow organic crops is easier.
Farmers can choose the best crops to grow according to the soil and weather conditions. Crops that are specifically suited for the land and climate condition will be planted, so that the winds, drought, and growing season won’t affect the yield that much.
There’s no need for farmers to force certain crops to grow in the field. They can focus on one crop at a time, maximizing the natural resources of the land.
How simple is it to grow just one type of crop? Can you imagine how much research farmers need to do on a farm that grows different crops? They need to study the best crops to grow together.
They need to enhance the nutrients in the soil so that it can provide what the crops require. There is so much work that needs to be done. The yield will not even be better than a monoculture farm.
Before jumping into conclusions and saying organic farming isn’t for you, think about its advantages to you and your land.