How can we make small grains a viable and profitable crop in the Upper Midwest?
Small grains bring many benefits to agricultural systems, yet most farmers in the Midwest no longer plant them in rotations. CIAS worked in partnership with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, the Artisan Grain Collaborative, the University of California, Davis, and Purdue University to study why farmers don’t grow more small grains, and how to support their production.
Total field crop acres planted to small grains in the region
Number of farmers who responded to the survey about small grain production
Number Farmers & stakeholders throughout the small grain value chain who participated in focus groups and interviews
The factors that enable strong agricultural markets and can support farmers to produce small grains including processing infrastructure, crop research and development, organic production, the integration of crops and livestock, federal crop insurance, and supply mandates will all play a role in ensuring that small grains have the same market potential as corn and soybeans in the Midwest.-Drivers and deterrents of small grain adoption in the Upper Midwest report
Report: Drivers and deterrents of small grain adoption in the Upper Midwest
A report published in September of 2023 details the drivers and deterrents of the adoption of small grains and provides policy-relevant solutions for how small grains can be encouraged in the region.
Small grain fact sheets
This fact sheet lays out the types of markets and types of contracts used for small grains, including results from surveys, focus groups, and interviews.
This fact sheet explains the ins and outs of crop insurance for organic and specialty grains and uses data from surveys and interviews to illustrate producers’ experiences.