"It was fun to try something different; it was like the pioneering spirit," Karl Retzlaff said. Retzlaff was talking about his experience growing specialty crops on his farm near Morris, Minn.
Farmers plant specialty crops for different reasons. Some are looking for a premium on a few acres to improve their bottom line. Others are looking for a crop to rotate with their commercial crops of corn, soybean, or wheat. Then there are others who just like trying something different.
There are several interesting specialty crops available right now. Some are for contract production on just a few acres, and others have the opportunity to break out as commercial crops and cover thousands of acres.