Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems

We are evaluating ecological strategies for an average-sized, Pennsylvania dairy farm to produce all of its forage, feed, and tractor fuel needs, and to minimize off-farm inputs. We have designed two diverse crop rotations with legumes, green manure and cover crops, no-till, manure injection and integrated pest management practices. Canola is grown for fuel for the straight vegetable oil powered tractor, and the meal is a protein source for the cows.

Project Brief

We are evaluating ecological strategies for an average-sized, Pennsylvania dairy farm to produce all of its forage, feed, and tractor fuel needs, and to minimize off-farm inputs. We have designed two diverse crop rotations with legumes, green manure and cover crops, no-till, manure injection and integrated pest management practices. Canola is grown for fuel for the straight vegetable oil powered tractor, and the meal is a protein source for the cows.

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Sustainable Cropping Systems Research Tour - June 22, 2011, Rock Springs, PA