Biomass harvesting, Aurora, NY. 2013
Data collection, Willsboro, NY. 2013
- Mixtures will yield more than monocultures.
- Mixtures with grasses and legumes will have comparable yields and weed suppression as grass monocultures, but higher forage quality,
- Niche differentiation indices will be greater for species with different nitrogen acquisition traits than for species with different statures.
Short season summer annual forage mixtures as a
cropping system offer:
Flexibility in planting (mid-June to mid-July) and harvest date
( mid-September to late-October)
*Act as "Emergency Forage" or alternative forage for livestock producers if corn or alfalfa fails.
*Can be planted midsummer after winter grains are harvested.
- Ecosystem services brought about by increased diversity; resiliency.
- Can act as a cover crop mixture to rebuild soil between spring and fall crops.
- Field-scale resources use efficiency.
- Maximize productivity and forage quality in a mixture by optimizing differences in resource partitioning.
- Minimize inputs by relying on increased diversity and more efficient resource use:
*Less seed, fertilizer, and herbicide.
- Study the impact of functional diversity and quantify niche differentiation indices in alternative forage crop mixtures.
Competition in low-input summer annual forages-m.s. thesis project
I. Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab -
II. Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA) -
III. Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) -
IV. American Society of Agronomy (ASA) -
V. Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) -
VI. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) -
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