Grain and Graze: pasture cropping subprogram


Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Warwick Badgery (NSW DPI)
Year(s) 2006
Contributor Central West Farming Systems
Trial location(s) Wellington, NSW
Grain and Graze: pasture cropping subprogram locations

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.


Key messages
  • 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 N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Related program N/A

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.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Multiple
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Unknown

Wellington 2006

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Biomass (t/ha)
1 No till - high density pasture 1.6
2 Pasture crop - high density pasture 0.7
3 No till - degraded lucerne 0.8
4 Pasture crop - degraded lucerne 0.3

Biomass t/ha

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Wellington, NSW Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Wellington, NSW Ferrosol
National soil grid Source
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Wellington NSW

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate

Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from
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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Trial last modified: 02-05-2018 11:14am AEST