Changes in Yields
After transition, cash flow starts to get better. Our pastures now have a lot more legumes. The biodiversity in the soil is increasing. The grass is responding better now.
Dairy and sheep farmer
Knoydart Farm, NS
A drop in yields is the most significant source of risk in organic agriculture, according to virtually all of the farmers interviewed for The Organic Path. How low the yields go and how long it takes for them to recover depends on your past and current management. In the long run, producers indicate that organic yields are comparable to conventional production. The following strategies and tactics can be employed to manage the risks associated with potential drops in yield: