Silvopasture More Climate Friendly than Open Pastures in New Study

A study led by University of New Hampshire researchers and published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment explored the environmental benefits of silvopasture compared to clearing forests to create open pastures. Trials in New Hampshire and New York compared a reference forest to a silvopasture with about half the trees removed and cows grazing on planted forage and to an open pasture. The silvopasture system had less climate consequences than the open pasture, releasing lower levels of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Soil carbon storage was the same on the test plots, as was air temperature.