SFN Special Series: Alternative Crops
A new wave of alternative crops for the Carolinas
Southern Farm Network looked at a new wave of alternative crops that are finding their way into local crop rotation programs.
While traditional commodity crops, like cotton, corn and soybeans, still dominant the Carolina landscape, we are starting to see more cropping options for Carolina farmers, as the result of local companies developing new markets for specific traits and uses from these specialty corps.
Each week this month, Southern Farm Network will feature one of the following four crops and provide insight from agronomists, growers and other crop consultants to help you determine whether or not you should consider incorporating them into your operation.
Sorghum: week of 12/3
Flax: week of 12/10
Rapeseed: week of 12/17
Energy grasses: week of 12/24
Biomass Research in its First Year
Clinton, NC Ethanol Plant Progressing
Mid-Atlantic Region Prime for Biomass Production
Pee Dee REC Working on Commercial Biomass Production
NC’s Biofuels Center Working with Grasses as Biomass
Carolina Ag Commissioners See Alternative Crops Change Ag in their States
Click below to see University Letters on Research
Carolinas Well Suited for Rapeseed Production
Winston-Salem Company Contracts Rapeseed Production from Carolina Growers
Rapeseed Production Here to Stay in the Carolinas
Canola Contracts in South Carolina
Rapeseed Works Well in NC Farmers’ Rotation
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Flax; the Latest Alternative Crop in South Carolina
Naturally Advanced Technologies Receives $263k Grant From Florence County, S.C.
USDA/ARS in Florence, SC Researching Flax
Flax Soon to be Eligible for Crop Insurance in the Carolinas
SC Farmer’s First Flax Crop Does Well Enough to Do it Again
Crailar Technology Making Long-Range Plans for South Carolina Plant
Grain Sorghum another Part of the Post-Tobacco Era in the Carolinas
Grain sorghum fills a niche in N.C.
Grain Sorghum’s Debut Year in the Carolinas Not Typical
EPA Grants Pathway for Grain Sorghum
Big Announcement About Grain Sorghum
Good Inaugural Year for Grain Sorghum in the Carolinas