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9923. Kendall, D.. 1989. He sets his own grain prices.. The New Farm, Jan. 1989, p. 54-59..
Zane Zell of Shelby, Montana has grown as many as 1000 acres with no purchased chemicals, and only 12" annual rainfall, while producing the same average yields as conventional farmers. Zell says the key to his fertility is the Austrian winter pea green manure crop he grows. Besides fuel, the only other purchased input he uses is rock phosphate, about every four or five years. Weed control is achieved by timely field preparation with a plow and a rod weeder. Because of the growing demand for organically grown food, Zell is sold out a month after harvest. By turning his wheat grain into flour and cleaning and bagging his speciality legumes, he is able to increase his profits by up to 350%.