Farm Table says:
What was the problem?
Research aimed to determine the impact of grazing crops in winters and the effect on grain yield and quality. The research also hoped to challenge the following misconceptions:
- Putting stock in crops will result in a yield penalty
- Must use dual-purpose crop varieties when grazing crops
What did the research involve?
- Seven on-farm trial sites were established across the Western Australian wheatbelt from Binnu to Esperance.
- Temporary electric fencing was used to divide each paddock between grazed and ungrazed
What were the key findings?
Grazing days as measured by DSE grazing days per hectare ranged from 157–509
Yields of grazed and un-grazed areas did not differ markedly being within 5 per cent at all locations except for Binnu and Neridup, where yield was 12–15 per cent less in the grazed area.
Grazing crops can add to productivity of mixed farming systems without compromising crop yield.