Grazing, cropping make profitable system

Yancy Jr., Cecll H.
June 2004
Southeast Farm Press;6/16/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 16, p26
Trade Publication
Researchers in the final year of a four-year study focusing on production throughout the year, are finding that including grazing cattle in cropping systems can be beneficial to both enterprises. Grazing in winter in South Georgia had no detrimental effects on peanut or cotton yields under conventional or strip-tillage. "Water conductivity and bulk density effects may become more evident over time as the experiment continues," says Robert Hubbard, a researcher at the USDA-ARS Southeast Watershed Laboratory. The recent increase in large cattle contractors who will own the cattle and contract graze with row-crop farmers during winter, the higher prices for stocker cattle gain in 2003 and 2004, and the large supply of calves during autumn make the cattle/cotton/peanut systems more appealing to area farmers.


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