Evaluating small grains with silage corn in a double-cropping system on dairy farms

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2008: $4,214.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2010
Region: Northeast
State: New Hampshire
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: spelt


  • Crop Production: double cropping
  • Production Systems: general crop production

    Proposal summary:

    Growing enough feed on the typically smaller footprint of a New England dairy farm is challenging, and the farmer will test a double-cropping system where triticale and spelt are sown in the fall after silage corn is harvested and the grain silage is harvested in the spring. The system will also offer a winter ground cover and the potential flexibility for introducing other crops. The farmer will evaluate yield and how milking cows respond when small-grain silage is introduced into their diet; outreach will be through farm and extension meetings and extension newsletters.

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