Extending the Grazing Season and Integrating Crops and Livestock to Sustain Small Farms and Ranches in the Southern Rockies

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2007: $7,381.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: Western
State: New Mexico
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Steven Guldan
New Mexico State University


  • Agronomic: oats, rye, vetches
  • Vegetables: sweet corn, turnips
  • Animals: bovine


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, grazing - rotational, winter forage
  • Crop Production: cropping systems, intercropping, multiple cropping, relay cropping
  • Education and Training: on-farm/ranch research
  • Production Systems: integrated crop and livestock systems


    Improving the ability of small farms of the Southern Rocky Mountains to provide additional forage during more of the year could increase the productivity and profitability of these farms. The objective of this project was to extend the information gained from a 1990s Western SARE-funded project (of the same title) to more farmers and ranchers. Through slide presentations and tours of demonstration plots of relay-interseeded annual forages into standing crops of sweet corn and chile, more than 200 growers, students, and faculty learned of our application of the concept of relay-interseeding and results from the original research study.

    Project objectives:

    1. At the Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center, establish demonstration plots based on previous interseeding research. Included were demonstration plots of experimental treatments from our sweet corn interseeding grazing study (five plots), as well as additional plots of chile pepper relay-interseeded with annual forages (five plots).

    2. Present demonstration plots at two field days.

    3. Present a seminar on original project’s results as part of the fall 2008 or spring 2009 seminar series in the department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University’s main campus in Las Cruces, NM.

    4. Produce a journal article and extension publication based on the sweet corn interseeding grazing study.

    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.