As he walks into a soon-to-be-harvested field of organic corn near the town of Adrian in southwest Minnesota, Cook can't help but admire the quality of his corn.
What makes the crop different from conventional corn is that Cook does not spray it with chemicals. That means no bug killers or weed killers. Nearly 10 feet tall, the stalks are loaded with big yellow ears.
It's not his best crop ever, thanks to the weather. First the fields were too wet, then too dry. That was followed by a cold spell that cut yield at least 10 percent. But still, Cook said, it's a good time to be an organic farmer.