Identify Potential Impact on Yields
How low the yields go and how long it takes for them to recover depends on your past and current management. If you cut back on chemicals and built up levels of soil organic matter before starting the transition, the drop won’t be as severe as if you simply stopped using sprays on a high-input farm. Some farmers find that yields recover just a few years after transition; others find that it can take as long as eight years. Record keeping and discussing your transition plans with other farmers and extension specialists can help understand potential impacts.