The Quest for a Continuous Live Root
Our friends at ACRES USA just published an article written by Ann Adams, HMI Interim CEO. Interest in cropping systems that build soil health continues to grow and many folks are finding holistic planned cropping is helping take their operations to the next level for improved profitability, land health and quality of life. Here’s an excerpt from the article…
Pasture cropping has gained a lot of attention as a way to crop farm with a continual live root (perennial plants). It is the process of planting an annual cash crop into a pasture that has been recently grazed. For example, if you have a cool-season pasture, you would graze the forage then drill a warm-season annual cash crop, such as millet, so that it would be able to come up while the cool-season plants are dormant. You would then harvest the oats and then allow animals in to graze the residue before starting the cycle again. But the short growing season and the relatively quick switch from cool- to warm-season in Burleigh County makes this technique challenging and is still in the investigation stage.
Chris Farrell Ph.D. says
We are a small holiness university, part of the General Church of the Nazarene. We have compassionate ministries work in 156 countries. We have been teaching and practicing organic gardening in a poor section of Nashville for about 5 years including aquaponics. We have taught some at our seminary in Manila, Philippines and are currently working on a project in Bhalenane, Swaziland.
We desperately need some information on your animal rotation methods and other general methods of management. We are currently using pigs, goats, and chickens to reclaim a small section of wasted land that has never been used.
Yous may call or text my cell 615-335-4534 if it will help
Sandy Langelier says
We have a free download on grazing planning that should help you. https://holisticmanagement.org/free-downloads/