Dual-purpose Crops – Direct and Indirect Contribution to Profit

GRDC - Author: John Kirkegaard (NSW DPI), Susie Sprague (NSW DPI), Lindsay Bell (NSW DPI), Tony Swan (CSIRO) & Graeme Sandral (NSW DPI)

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

The authors of this paper note in the conclusion: “The capacity to apply sufficient stocking rates to utilise the forage on large paddocks evenly in the narrow ‘safe’ grazing window can be problematic, especially as stock numbers decline. Around 25 DSE or > 8 adult cattle per ha may be required to evenly graze rapidly growing cereals.”. Please access the full paper via the link below if this research interests you.

The take home messages from this GRDC  funded research are below. Please access the full paper via the link below for methodology, references, acknowledgements and discussion.

  • Dual-purpose (DP) crops can increase farm profit on the Tablelands, Slopes and Plains of southern NSW
  • Higher whole-farm profit relies on attention to detail with crop and livestock management.  Establishing the right crop early and correct lock-up time are key to increase profit and reduce risk
  • Tough 2017-2019 years (good livestock prices) demonstrate profitable and flexible ‘exit’ options
  • Ongoing refinement to deal with new and emerging issues with DP systems are discussed.

Table 1. Typical examples of forage, grain yield and gross margins achieved from well-managed
dual-purpose crops by collaborating growers in southern NSW

2020 - Australia - GRDC - Author: John Kirkegaard (NSW DPI), Susie Sprague (NSW DPI), Lindsay Bell (NSW DPI), Tony Swan (CSIRO) & Graeme Sandral (NSW DPI)
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