Growing winter spelt as an organic grain or forage for dairy cows

Final Report for FNE06-587

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2006: $4,172.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
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Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE06-587

One Lely cultivation was done on the early planted plots on 10/14/06 and on the PD3 plots just prior to planting.

In late March, I spun on red clover seed with a 4-wheeler and electric spin spreader attachment. The resulting stand of clover that appeared at harvest provided significant forage yield of high quality material in September of 2007.

On May 31st, 2007, I worked with the University farm crew to harvest the "boot stage" spelt forage. Samples were collected for nutrient analysis.

9/1/06 planting
23% dry matter
R1PD1 2.78Kg
R2PD1 3.90
R3PD1 4.16
Ave 3.61 Kg
7.43 tons/acre
1.71 tons dry matter/acre

9/15/06 planting
21% dry matter
R1PD2 2.36 Kg
R2PD2 3.12
R3PD2 2.96
Ave 2.81 Kg
5.78 tons/acre
1.3 tons/acre dry matter

10/14/06 planting
23% dry matter
R1PD1 1.54 Kg
R2PD2 .56
R3PD3 .58
Ave .89 Kg
1.8 tons/acre
.42 tons/acre dry matter


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