Final Report for FNC99-252
The producer explores cultivation and marketing of organic medicinal botanicals in hopes of increasing small farmer agricultural options.
Objective: To sustainably and profitably produce organic medicinal herbs for the expanding herbal industry.
The producer planted three varieties of echinacea: augustiflora, pupurea and pallida. Echinacea has strong market demand and is native to the tall grass biome of Kansas.
Results: Only 200 of more than 3,000 plants survived due to damage caused by the Aster yellows virus, which was transmitted by leafhoppers. The producer planned to study the effect of sheep grazing on the crop and possibility of viral resistence development.