The Organic Grain Resource and Information Network (OGRAIN) offers an educational framework for developing organic grain production in the Upper Midwest. Whether you farm 10 acres or 10,000, are an experienced organic grower or just considering the transition to organic, OGRAIN provides learning opportunities to improve your organic row crop and small grain operation. From weed control to marketing, grain storage to termination of specific cover crops, the OGRAIN community of experienced growers, researchers, industry experts and others is here to support you.

OGRAIN supported activities include on-farm field days, an annual winter conference, an active producer listserve, educational resources including videos and fact sheets, and a mentoring program.

Join the OGRAIN listserv by emailing join-ograin@lists.wisc.edu  to enjoy highly informative conversations with experienced growers – or find  OGRAIN on Facebook.

OGRAIN is a collaborative effort of the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC), UW-Madison/UWEX Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems lab, and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). The Network is supported by a grant from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

NEW! OGRAIN Resource – one-on-one technical assistance by phone/email

MOSES, in partnership with OGRAIN, has hired a veteran organic grain farmer, Dave Bishop of PrairiErth Farm, as a contractor to answer your calls & e-mails relating to diversified organic grain production, row crop transition, machinery, and related topics. Farmers in the OGRAIN network will receive timely, customized advice from Dave, we’re very pleased to have his expertise available to the community. Read more about Dave here. For more information call MOSES at (715) 778-5775 or e-mail davebishop@mosesorganic.org  


July 12, 2018: Small grains, modest gains: A pragmatic approach to profitability and sustainability
Hughes Farms, 4031 S. US Hwy 51, Janesville, WI 53546, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
This field day will highlight the diversity and innovations at the Hughes Farms in Janesville, WI. Farming over 5000 acres in a parallel operation consisting of both conventional and organic practices, the Hughes have succeeded in developing diverse rotations and markets. This field day, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, MOSES, and the Organic Seed Alliance, will discuss and showcase cover crops for green manures, weed control, soil erosion reduction and water quality improvements; tips for trialing varieties for performance under organic management; and basics of transitioning to organic certification.
To register for a meal, please RSVP to Debra Boekholder debra@practicalfarmers.org by July 6.
Special note: Buyer/seller lunch to link those that produce organic grain to those that are buying organic grain. Those in the business of oats, barley, wheat, rye, and triticale should consider attending a buyers and sellers lunch during the Hughes Farms field day July 12. Businesses will have the opportunity to discuss contracting, grain quality specifications, pricing and other important small grain information with farmers and others who share a meal at their table. If interested contact Debra at Practical Farmers of Iowa – debra@practicalfarmers.org.  RSVP requested by June 18.

July 16, 2018: Mechanical weed management field clinic
University of Wisconsin Arlington Agricultural Research Station, N695 Hopkins Rd, Arlington, WI 53911
10:00 am- 3:00 pm
This field-based summer clinic, hosted by the UW Arlington Research Station, will demonstrate several weed management tools, including tine-weeders, rotary hoes, row cultivators, and roller/crimping equipment. We will be late-planting corn and soybeans, allowing us to take the equipment in the field and demonstrate set-up and field operations. Experts will be on-hand to discuss best weed management strategies for different crop stages and field conditions.
To register for a meal, please RSVP to Jody Padgham padgham@wisc.edu by July 11.

July 31, 2018: Integrating cereal grains into an organic dairy rotation
Wilson Family Dairy Farm, Cuba City, WI
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
This field day be hosted by the Wilson Family Farm, who milk 400 cows on 2,900 organic acres. Farming organically since 1996, the Wilson’s emphasize soil health, and the connection between soil health, plant health, and healthy people and animals. This field day will discuss and demonstrate the integration of rolled-crimped rye into their soybean crop (which the Wilson’s have done for almost a decade), soil health gains on the farm, and the integration cereal grains into a dairy rotation as both quality feed for the herd and off-farm sales. This field day is co-hosted with MOSES and Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative.
To register, visit https://mosesorganic.org/events/organic-field-days/

August 23, 2018: UW Organic Agriculture Research Field Day
N695 Hopkins Rd, Arlington, WI 53911
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This field day will highlight research conducted on the certified organic land at the UW Arlington Research Station. Research highlighted will include: equipment modifications for rolling/crimping rye; interseeding cover crops into corn; interseeding soybeans into spring-seeded cereal rye; and cover crop strategies to reduce tillage in organic corn production.

August 29, 2018: Diversifying organic grain rotations with alternative crops
Lily Lake Organic Farm, 4N852 Wooley Rd, Maple Park, IL 60151
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The focus of this field day, hosted by Lily Lake Organic Farm, will be on growing dual-purpose buckwheat as a cash crop and as a cover crop. Buckwheat increases soil health and reduces the need for tillage, and can be profitable as a cash crop. In addition, learn about another cover crop superstar: sorghum sudangrass. This cover crop is invaluable in controlling Canada thistle, and a great soil builder as well. Various pieces of equipment for controlling weeds in grain crops will be on display. We will discuss the use and effectiveness of each tool.
To register, visit https://mosesorganic.org/events/organic-field-days/

For more information on any of these events, or for further information about OGRAIN, contact Erin Silva, emsilva@wisc.edu, 608-890-1503