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

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