"It's really nice not having to worry about purchasing chemicals."
David Yoder discusses some of the advantages of organic production.
When you get into organics, it's really nice not having to worry about having to purchase chemicals. This will be our first year of transitioning and that was a weight lifted.
We didn't have to worry about what chemicals were available, trying to shop around and get the cheapest pricing on chemical, if we were using branded products or generic products, or what was out there that we can use. That's been one thing that has been really nice.
We're spending that money elsewhere - on equipment or chicken litter or something like that. It's just one less thing you have to think about and worry about. You don't have to worry about getting that product in, keeping it from freezing if you pre-ordered a lot of stuff. It's just one less thing on your plate that you have to worry about.
Another thing as you transition into organics is you're watching your soils and making sure they are getting balanced. You are soil sampling. You are using good products - all of your microbial products and your sweeteners and different things like that to keep your soil balanced.
As we are seeing our soil get balanced, one really big benefit to that is we're using less nitrogen. We're using less N, P, and K than we thought we needed traditionally.
When you get your soils balanced you also have less weed pressure. We're seeing that as we transition into the organics.