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Finding Success with Specialty Crops

[Source: INEDA, 05.2016 | Keywords: Specialty Crops, Hops, Aronia Berries, Cover Crops] Specialty crops – defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticultural and nursery crops – have become an increasingly popular alternative for farmers looking to diversify and supplement their income, especially in light of recent commodity prices. “The interest in specialty crops is stronger than ever today, especially compared to 3 or 4 years ago when corn prices were so high,” said Patrick O’Malley, commercial horticulture field specialist with Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, who has observed both hobby and traditional farmers experimenting with specialty crops. According to… Read More »