Evaluating Modified Relay Intercropping (MRI) in Ingham County, Michigan

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $17,925.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
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Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: soybeans, wheat


  • Crop Production: double cropping, intercropping, no-till, relay cropping
  • Education and Training: demonstration
  • Energy: energy conservation/efficiency
  • Farm Business Management: value added
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: green manures
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Modified relay intercropping is a cropping system sometimes used in areas where double-cropping is not possible but which allows producers to harvest a wheat crop and soybean crop from the same field in the same year by planting soybeans between wheat rows approximately one month prior to wheat harvest. We will be investigating whether modified relay intercropping is compatible with the growing conditions of south0central Lower Michigan by slightly modifying traditional farming equipment and conduction on-farm experiments where this system is compared to a conventional wheat production system.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.