Rotational Grazing vs Soybeans

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 | 0 comments

Rotational Grazing vs Soybeans

The contrast between our fields and our neighbour’s struck me this morning. He was finishing planting soybeans while I moved the cattle into their next paddock. His field is bare and won’t start capturing solar energy for a week and won’t reach 100% cover for nearly a month. Our pastures and hay fields have been capturing full solar energy since April and the last time some these fields were bare was 2005.

We’ve grown a crop and harvested it and started growing the next crop with no fossil fuel inputs. Whereas our neighbour has burned a bunch of diesel and the crop hasn’t started growing yet.

The same will be true at the other end of the season. The beans will be finished growing and harvested while we’ll still be grazing and growing our pastures.

The two pictures below should make my point. One is the soybean field my neighbour just planted. The other is a long shot of our cattle and sheep grazing. The field in the foreground is a paddock that was grazed almost 2 weeks ago and is nicely regrowing.

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