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

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2006: $4,172.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: spelt
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: feed rations
  • Education and Training: extension, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: feasibility study
  • Pest Management: weed ecology
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Organic dairy farms in the Northeast spend a large percentage of their gross income on purchased grain, much of it of inconsistent or poor quality. This project will investigate the potential of winter spelt as either a forage crop or as a grain crop for dairy feed. Outreach will be through field days, articles, fact sheets, and presentations.

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