Alternatives for Incorporating Benefits of Livestock in Cropping System

Farm & Ranch Guide reported from a recent Conservation Tillage Conference in North Dakota that practitioners of conservation tillage can find ways to incorporate the soil-health benefits of livestock in their systems even if they don’t own animals. One option is contract grazing of cover crops. The livestock owner may pay for seeding of the cover crop, and could take care of fencing, water, and mineral for the animals, depending on the contract arrangement. Another option for crop growers is to spread manure on their fields. This approach requires calibrating the manure spreader and communicating with the manure supplier about potential herbicide residue the manure could contain.