Thirty people piled up on a hayride at Bernard Kavan's farm near Linwood to learn about organic farming. Kavan farms corn, soy beans, wheat, and alfalfa, but rotate his crops, which help in producing nitrogen in the soil. He also uses manure as fertilizer and stays away from commercial pesticides, which saves him money.
“The soil is where everything starts,” said Kavan.
These methods are often more labor intensive, but Kavan has found it's still profitable. Consumers are willing to pay more for organic goods for the natural nutrients.
“I have weeds, sure, I just work it back in the field” said Kavan.
Liz Sarno with the University Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office said, “It’s more labor but more per bushel.”
Organic farmers can charge more for their crop because of the added labor, such as tilling.