LRES Thesis Defense
- Monday, October 16, 2017 at 2:00am
- Jabs Hall, 415 - view map
POTENTIAL FOR IMPLICATIONS OF COVER CROPPING AND GRAZING COVER CROPS IN WHEAT AGROECOSYSTEMS IN MONTANA
Growing interest in cover cropping may provide a way to recouple crop and livestock production in semiarid Montana. This two-year study examined edaphic and agronomic implications of cool- vs warm-season cover cropping, with and without razing, compared to the grower standard practice of chem-fallow. This research also utilized the Land Suitability Analysis approach to examine four exemplary Montana counties for: 1) warm-season cover crop adoption; 2) integrated crop-livestock adoption; and 3) warm-season cover crop use as forage in an integrated crop-livestock adoption. The conclusions taken from this research - both the agricultural field experiment and land suitability analysis – will help inform land managers across Montana’s agricultural community about these emerging practices in sustainable agriculture.
- Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences