To determine the success of Pasture Cropping for different starting pasture compositions and crop sequences (i.e. the difference betweencropping year-after-year compared to doing it once) in comparison to No Till cropping and pasture treatments. Success will be assessed by the profitability of the crop, the grazing value of the pasture, perennial grass recruitment and resource condition.
Pasture cropping is a relatively new system combining livestock and crop production on the one area of land.
Production of crop and pasture individually can be lower when grown together in a pasture cropping system compared with when either is grown alone, however the overall annual production can be higher.
Pasture cropping systems can be managed so that annual winter crops have no direct competition from pastures while the crop is growing.
Pasture cropping can improve year-round resource use increasing overall annual productivity compared with conventional annual cropping or pasture systems.
Pasture cropping will be most effective in soil types that do not store soil moisture well and have some summer rain.
Lead research organisation
Host research organisation
The trial is funded by the Central West/Lachlan Grain & Graze program. Grain & Graze is a national program investigating ‘mixed partnership between the Grains Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) and Australia. The Central West/Lachlan is one of nine regions across the p/wheat zones of southern Australia. For more visit the website at farming systems’ and is a collaborative Research and Development Corporation (GRDC),
This research is being conducted by NSW Department of Primary Industries. CWFS is a regional partner of the Central West/Lachlan Grain & Graze program.
No observed climate data available for this trial. Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.
NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate
SILO weather estimates sourced from https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/silo/
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.
Trial report and links
2006 trial report
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