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Organic herbage legume intercropping (cont of OF0108)

{Project} Organic herbage legume intercropping (cont of OF0108). Runs 1996 - 1996. Project Leader(s): Carruthers, S. P., The University of Reading.

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Summary

The aims of the project were to investigate the management, agronomic and economic performance and practical feasibility of a system of strip intercropping of herbage legumes and organic vegetables in which nitrogen transfer and conservation are affected by a combination of grazing ruminant livestock and crop rotation. Aspects of management examined included crop and legume choice, strip width, grazing management, crop husbandry, and weed, pest and disease control. Measures of agronomic performance included crop productivity and quality, plant and soil nutrient balances, and weed, pest disease incidence. Economic performance was assessed using gross margin calculations. Practical feasibility was deduced from the experience of conducting the experiment, and in terms of the responses of growers presented with the idea. These aims were met by a combination of three inter-related activities: a theoretical study; a field experiment; and a financial and economic evaluation.


EPrint Type:Project description
Keywords:strip intercropping, herbage legumes, vegetables, crop production, crop protection, grazing, economic performance, field trials, crop rotation
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Pasture and forage crops
Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
Research affiliation: UK > Other organizations
Research funders: UK > Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Related Links:http://www.apd.rdg.ac.uk/AgEcon/research/pubsay97-98.htm
Project ID:OF0121
Start Date:1 January 1996
End Date:31 December 1996
Deposited By: Defra, R&D Organic Programme
ID Code:7938
Deposited On:13 Dec 2006
Last Modified:20 Aug 2009 14:31

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