Alternative Field Crops Manual Available via Internet

July 27, 2000 7(19):113-114

Joe Lauer, Corn Agronomist

The Alternative Field Crops Manual published in 1992 is now available via the internet at the address Its objective is to address the need for detailed information on the production of a number of agronomic crops adapted to the upper Midwest. The intent is to provide county extension agents and others in educational roles a concise, uniform source of information on those field crops that may be considered as alternatives to traditional farm commodities.

The manual is a joint project between the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Service, the University of Minnesota Extension Service and the Center for Alternative Plant and Animal Products. Extension specialists from both states have written or reviewed each chapter to insure accuracy and applicability of information and recommendations.

Inclusion of a crop is for educational purposes only; no endorsement of any particular crop is implied. Individual growers should consider the following factors in determining whether a crop might be a viable alternative in their particular situation:

  1. Market availability - Amount of demand for the product, market location and transportation to market. 
  2. Projected cost of production vs. projected yields and price. 
  3. Producer's resources - Land (suitable soil), irrigation capability, available labor, equipment, capital, and personal goals and interests. 
  4. Specific crop requirements and adaptation.

Further information may be available from: University of Wisconsin Cooperative or Extension Service, Department of Agronomy, Madison, WI 53706, Telephone (608)-262-1390, Center for Alternative Plant and Animal Products, 340 Alderman Hall, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108, Telephone (612)-625-5747. 

University of Wisconsin, 1575 Linden Drive - Agronomy, Madison WI  53706    (608) 262-1390
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