Specialty Session (Crop Management)
Tue, Dec 15, 2020
2:00pm to 2:50pm
Many farmers in the Midwest are looking for ways to increase profits on their family farms. Organic row crop production can be the answer. But take note: realizing financial rewards requires a solid plan and outstanding execution powered by a systems-based approach. In this talk, 5th-generation organic farmer Bryce Irlbeck covers the importance of balancing economics, agronomics, and management. In particular, he demonstrates how agronomics supported by the right crop rotations are the foundation for long-term success with organic farming.
Bryce Irlbeck is a fifth-generation farmer and entrepreneur with a passion for rethinking farm production methods. He owns and operates a 4,000 acre organic farm in Iowa with a focus on alfalfa, corn, soybeans, peas, and barley. He’s also a founder of AgriSecure, an advisory service that enables family farms to prosper with organics. Bryce provides a high level of first-hand expertise in biological crop production as well as boundary-pushing organic farming approaches. He currently leads business development for AgriSecure and works with farmers across the United States. He previously provided research and consulting services for a 12,000 acre rice farm in Tanzania and studied agricultural practices in Brazil. He graduated from Iowa State University in Agronomy and Agribusiness.