Integrating Livestock with Crops Project: Livestock and Vegetables. A Close Fit.
Montana State University’s three-year research project, Impacts of Integrating Livestock into Cropping Systems on Soil Health and Crop Production, has uncovered some interesting findings. Funded by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE), and led by Research Associate Devon Ragen and her master’s student, Trestin Benson, this research explored the benefits and challenges of incorporating sheep into a five-year dryland cropping rotation and a diverse vegetable production system. Here, Trestin Benson describes her research and her preliminary results integrating sheep on three vegetable operations in Montana and Colorado. Devon Ragen offers some general observations about the research and integrating sheep into vegetable crop operations.