Legume grass associations in crop rotations


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.


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.