UW scientists find grass-legume mixtures provide highest net returns

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Extension forage agroecologist Anowar Islam

University of Wyoming researchers have determined grass-legume mixtures have higher productivity and net economic returns than monoculture grass or legume stands.

UW Extension forage agroecologist Anowar Islam reports the results in Grass-Legume Mixtures Can Maximize Farm Profits in Wyoming, B-1329.

Islam conducted three years of studies at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle. He found a 50-50 percent mixture of alfalfa and meadow bromegrass produced the highest net return. A 50-50 percent mixture of alfalfa and orchardgrass had the second highest net return in his study.

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