Agricultural Alternatives

The goal of the Agricultural Alternatives series is to help you evaluate all aspects of a given enterprise before you commit your time and money. Whether you are a full-time farmer looking to diversify or a part-time farmer looking to generate additional income from your property, there are many important issues to consider when selecting a new enterprise.

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Sweet Corn Ears
Sweet Corn Production - Articles Articles

Sweet Corn Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Initial investment is relatively low, and many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
Beekeeping - Honey Bees
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Beekeeping - Honey Bees

Maryann Frazier, Tom Butzler, Lynn Kime, Timothy Kelsey, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Honey bees can be managed to produce many products, but they are even more valued for the major role they play in pollination of agricultural crops. More
Watermelon
Watermelon Production - Articles Articles

Watermelon Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

There are multiple markets for growers with 5 acres or fewer. Many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
Tomatoes on the Vine
Tomato Production - Articles Articles

Tomato Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Many marketing opportunities are available for small-scale growers, making it easier for growers to find niche and more substantial markets. More
Pumpkins
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Pumpkin Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Pumpkins are well-suited to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Marketing opportunities, such as wholesale, retail, and pick-your-own, are options. More
Producción de Brócoli
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Producción de Brócoli

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS, Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

El brócoli es un cultivo que se presta bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Peppers
Pepper Production - Articles Articles

Pepper Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

Peppers lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
Drip irrigation of bell peppers
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Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Albert Jarrett, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Drip or trickle irrigation is a very efficient method of applying water and nutrients to crops. More
Cucumber
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Cucumber Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

Multiple markets exist for growers with fewer than 5 acres, and many field operations, such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting, can be custom hired. More
Asparagus
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Asparagus Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Asparagus is a perennial crop that lends itself well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
Asparagus Grower Interview
Asparagus Grower Interview - Videos Videos

Asparagus Grower Interview

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

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Asparagus producer video explaining the benefits and drawbacks of asparagus production. More
Snap Beans
Snap Bean Production - Articles Articles

Snap Bean Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Initial investment is relatively low, and field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and mechanical harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
Riego por goteo de pimientos.
Riego por Goteo para la Producción Vegetal - Articles Articles

Riego por Goteo para la Producción Vegetal

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Albert Jarrett, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

La irrigación o riego por goteo o chorreo es un método muy eficiente para la aplicación de agua y nutrientes para los cultivos. More
Producción de Tomates
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Producción de Tomates

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS, Steve Bogash

Los tomates se prestan bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Producción de Maíz Dulce
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Producción de Maíz Dulce

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

El maíz dulce es un cultivo que se presta bien para operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Producción de Ajo
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Producción de Ajo

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

El ajo es un cultivo que se adapta bien a una pequeña superficie o como parte de un negocio más grande de mercadeo directo que está en la búsqueda de diversificar su mezcla de cultivos. More
Onions
Onion Production - Articles Articles

Onion Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Dry onions are a crop that lends itself well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
Garlic Bulbs
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Garlic Production

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

Garlic is a crop that is well suited to a small acreage or as part of a larger direct marketing operation looking to diversify its mix of crops. More
Cultivos de Pimiento
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Cultivos de Pimiento

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS, Steve Bogash

Los pimientos se prestan bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Cantaloupe
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Cantaloupe Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

Cantaloupes are a crop that is well-suited to small-scale and part-time farms and have multiple markets for growers. More
Broccoli
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Broccoli Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

Initial investment in broccoli production is relatively low and can be throughout the summer and early fall. More