January 10, 2013
Twin-sowing of pasture and cereal crops can boost profits by up to 24 per cent in mixed farming enterprises, according to new research supported by GRDC. Fiona Young, a research student at the University of Western Australia (UWA), has examined the merits of twin-sowing. The research reveals twin-sowing boosts the profits of mixed broadacre farming systems in the central wheatbelt of WA. There are a range of advantages, including the practice lowering the costs of establishing legume pastures without interfering with crop sowing and the fact it requires minimal investment to implement and provides an opportunity to improve pasture production and quality using low cost seed produced on-farm.