Sheep Grazing - Alfalfa Economic Tool
This program that can be downloaded was developed from current research for sheep and alfalfa producers as an economic decision and support tool. Sheep grazing can be both biologically and cost effective methods of managing alfalfa weevil populations. This grazing model utilizes accumulated temperature expressed as "degree days" to implement sheep grazing in the spring. The program was developed as a supporting tool to the grazing model and allows the user to estimate treatment scenarios for alfalfa weevil management by comparing input costs of either insecticides or grazing sheep.
See the related SARE fact sheet, Sheep Grazing to Manage Crop Residues, Insects and Weeds in Northern Plains Grain and Alfalfa Systems.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) SW07-013, Evaluation of Alfalfa Weevil (Coleoptera Curculionidae) Densities, Weed Abundance, and Regrowth Characteristics of Alfalfa Grazed by Sheep .
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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.