Dual Purpose Cropping Systems

Paperback - June 2015 - AU $125.00

Research documented in this Special Issue of Crop & Pasture Science presents a compelling case for the wider potential of dual-purpose crops to increase farm profitability and productivity across Australia’s mixed farming zone.

Research documented in this Special Issue of Crop & Pasture Science presents a compelling case for the wider potential of dual-purpose crops to increase farm profitability and productivity across Australia’s mixed farming zone. Experimental and simulation studies identified significant opportunities for strategic use long-season winter cereal and canola varieties for grazing and grain production across the high rainfall zone. Similarly, in environments with shorter growing seasons, faster developing cultivars can be used opportunistically for grazing, although a greater understanding of the grazing management required to avoid risks of grain yield loss is required. Complementing the existing cultivars with shorter season winter cultivars, which provide flexibility for sowing windows in these environments, would greatly enhance this potential.

This unique body of work greatly improves our understanding of the indirect benefits of winter grazing of dual-purpose crops on the whole-farm feed-base and how this can increase potential winter stocking rates and substantially increase overall farm profitability.

By increasing the productivity of food from the same land area with minimal impacts on the environment and lower farm risk, dual-purpose crops represent the type of technology that will be required to achieve the global food security targets confronting humanity.

This special edition of the Journal will be of particular interest to research scientists, resource managers, as well as farmers, and is essential reading for anyone interested in dual-purpose cropping systems.

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Details

Paperback | June 2015 | $125.00
ISBN: CP66/0304 | 168 pages
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing