Study of More Cost Effective Ways of Crop Production

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2003: $3,595.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $1,240.00
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Project Leader:


  • Agronomic: barley, corn, oats, sorghum (milo), hay


  • Animal Production: feed/forage
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, risk management, value added
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter, soil analysis
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Many producers are wary of reducing inputs without some assurance of success, and the farmer will conduct four trials—a cost analysis comparing corn to sorghum, the effectiveness of under-seeding wheat with clover for improved N, buckwheat double-cropping, and double-cropping grain sorghum after barley. The overall goal is to offer grain farmers more options for diversity. Outreach will be through a field day, extension meetings, and a brochure.

    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.