Dual-purpose cropping: Changes in pasture availability and composition from incorporating dual-purpose crops into a tablelands pasture system

Shawn McGrath, Cesar Pinares-Patino, Scott McDonald, Richard Simpson, Andrew Moore

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Pastures in a grazing systems experiment near Canberra were measured for pasture mass over four years andfor composition in the final year to identify the effect of sowing 33% of the available land to dual-purposecrops (wheat and canola) each year. The system that included dual-purpose crops had significantly less feedon offer in February (when ewes were joined) and May (when grazing of crops commenced) compared to thepasture only system. In the final year of the experiment the proportion of weed species in the pastures of thedual-purpose cropping system was significantly higher compared to the pasture-only treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017
Subtitle of host publicationDoing More With Less
Place of PublicationAustralia
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017 - Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre, Ballarat, Australia
Duration: 24 Sep 201728 Sep 2017
https://web.archive.org/web/20170720070459/http://www.agronomyconference.com/ (Conference website)
http://www.agronomyaustraliaproceedings.org/index.php/2017 (Conference proceedings)


Conference18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleDoing more with less
OtherThe 18th Australian Agronomy Conference will be held at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre, Victoria from 24-28 September 2017. The Australian Agronomy Conference is the meeting place for Agronomists; it supports research and the community of Agronomists by connecting Agronomy communities across Australia to each other.

The theme for the 2017 conference is “Doing more with less”. A central plank of Australia’s productive output is agriculture, worth over AUD$13.6 billion exported annually. Agronomy is key to ensuring that farmland is productive across Australia’s diverse landscapes. Innovation in machinery and precision technologies, plant species and varieties, soil and plant management may allow the agronomist of today to successfully help agricultural producers thrive. These innovations are timely as the world deals with increasingly variable climates, environmental degradation, and a more developed global community that requires more diverse products from agriculture.
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