Grass-clover mixtures: benefits for arable and livestock farms and biodiversity

Nyncke Hoekstra, B.R. de Haas, Jan Rinze van der Schoot, E.J.W. Visser, Hans de Kroon, Nick J.M. van Eekeren. 2019. Grass-clover mixtures: benefits for arable and livestock farms and biodiversity. EGF EUCARPIA Joint symposium: Grassland Science in Europe, Vol. 24 – Improving sown grasslands through breeding and management. Zurich. June 24-27. 24
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Introduction: Grass-clover mixtures show many benefits for sustainable agriculture. In the Netherlands, organic arable and livestock farmers often work together in a so-called partner farm concept: the arable farms grow one-year grass-clover leys to widen their crop rotation and as fodder for a livestock farm in exchange for manure. The aim of this research was to investigate the effect of different grass-clover mixtures and monocultures in a one-year ley on both aboveground and belowground parameters in light of the benefits of the ley for livestock farms, arable farms and biodiversity. Read more

Keywords in English: Grass-clover, sustainable agriculture, mixtures and monocultures, biodiversity