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 http://corn.agronomy.wisc.edu/AlternativeCrops/Manual.htm.
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
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:
- Market availability - Amount of demand for the product, market location and transportation
- Projected cost of production vs. projected yields and price.
- Producer's resources - Land (suitable soil), irrigation capability, available
labor, equipment, capital, and personal goals and interests.
- 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.