Sheep Grazing to Manage Crop Residues, Insects...

Sheep Grazing to Manage Crop Residues, Insects and Weeds in Northern Plains Grain and Alfalfa Systems

Sheep Grazing to Manage Crop Residues, Insects and Weeds in Northern Plains Grain and Alfalfa Systems

SARE-funded research at Montana State University has demonstrated that using sheep to graze crop residue and summer fallow can address many challenges faced by wheat and alfalfa growers in the Northern Plains. Researchers found that sheep were effective in controlling alfalfa weevil, provided an environmentally friendly alternative to herbicides and pesticides and allowed the grower to manage erosion by controlling the amount of remaining residue.

The researchers also developed an economic tool that allows the user to estimate treatment scenarios for alfalfa weevil management by comparing input costs of either insecticides or grazing sheep.

Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) SW07-013, Evaluation of Alfalfa Weevil Densities, Weed Abundance, and Regrowth Characteristics , SW00-015, An Alternative to Traditional Wheat Stubble Management Using Sheep and SW07-603, Developing a Free Online Excel Based Enterprise Budget .

Product specs
Format: Fact Sheets
Year: 2011
Length: 8 Pages
Author(s): Patrick Hatfield, Hayes Goosey, Andrew Lenssen, and Sue Blodgett
Location: Montana | West