Legume grass associations in crop rotations

Objective:

To assess the role of mixed meadows (legume grass associations) as head of rotation. In an experimental design (15 paddocks, 3 repeated blocks) effects of multi-species short term meadows are evaluated for soil structure, nitrogen utilization, forage production and impact on the next crops in the rotation in comparison with mono-species meadows and with maize mono-cropping, which is common in some areas of Wallonia.

Expectation:

Belgian farmers are looking for new head of rotation crops since the traditional crop, sugar beets, has been limited through production quota. On mixed farms multi-species short term meadows also offer an opportunity to improve the self-sufficiency of farm fodder.