(2021)Designing cover and alternative crops for dryland cropping systems in Eastern OregonOregon wheat growers typically use long fallow periods to conserve soil moisture. However, issues with current production practices include: negative impacts on soil health, organic matter, pH, and nutrients. Soilborne diseases are also a concern. This project Introduction to Resilient Dryland Farming Appropriation will generate information to assist growers in designing wheat-alternate cropping systems that will improve soil health without decreasing wheat yields.
The Resilient Dryland Farming Appropriation (RDFA), a product of a farmer-led initiative, supports research to develop resilient cropping systems that increase drought, heat, and disease tolerance; improve grain yield and quality; and enhance economic and environmental outcomes of dryland crop production systems.