- Agronomic: barley
- Animals: bovine
- Animal Production: feed/forage, grazing management, grazing - rotational
- Crop Production: cover crops, crop rotation, fertilizers, no-till
- Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer, mentoring
- Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, feasibility study
- Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, habitat enhancement, soil stabilization, wildlife
- Production Systems: integrated crop and livestock systems
- Soil Management: green manures, nutrient mineralization, organic matter, soil analysis, soil microbiology, soil quality/health
This project has two components:
1) A replicated trial using LESA (Low Elevation Spray Application) to monitor water savings and promote water conservation
2) An on-farm demonstration of using cover crops, management intensive grazing (MIG), and no-till to monitor whether yields are maintained for malt barley compared to a conventional system.
- Reduce water-use and water-loss through LESA.
- Maintain comparable barley yields with the incorporation of cover crops, MIG, and no-till.
- Reduce commercial fertilizer input by 30-50%, while maintaining average yields, through the use of cover crops, MIG, and no-till.
- Reduce soil erosion by eliminating bare soil with the use of cover crops.
- Improve wildlife habitat by eliminating winter fallow.
- Achieve an integrated sustainable agriculture system that improves soil health and maintains profits with comparable barley yields and animal weight gain.