2021 sees rise in acreage for organic grains
Published: March 29, 2022
Category: Organic News
Organic grain acres in the U.S. jumped to 9.1 million in 2021, with 40,000 of those filled with organic soybeans. Organic and non-GMO market data service Mercaris said organic soybean harvesting operations grew 13%, in addition to growth in the acres harvested per producer.
“This expansion in organic soybean acres follows the stark increase in prices over the last year, meaning we can expect soybean acres to continue growing as producers look to take advantage of this bullish market,” said Henry Wilson, economist with Mercaris.
The organic corn market experienced only a 3% year-over-year increase in harvested acres. Practically every organic small grain (exception being barley) showed growth in 2021. This 7% year-over-year increase featured significant acreage growth in Montana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.
Overall, 2021 marked significant growth for organic agriculture—new operations emerged, and existing ones had strong showings.
Source: World Grain
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