Livestock Integration with Crops Project: Terminating Cover Crops. Sheep Can Do It!
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, Research Associate Devon Ragen describes the project’s use of sheep to terminate sweet clover and buckwheat cover crops. What went right? What went wrong?