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Land use analyzer helps with crop and livestock decisions

A new decision aid can help farmers determine whether rolling terrain on their farms is best suited for crops, livestock or recreational uses.

The crop and livestock land use analyzer compares potential returns from up to three different crop rotations that can include corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa or alfalfa-grass hay and a fall-seeded cover crop, according to William Edwards, retired Iowa State Uni­versity (ISU) Extension economist. The tool can also compare up to three types of pasture, enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and livestock en­­terprises, such beef cow-calf and summer grazing of stocker cattle.




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