CSIRO Farming Scientists Lay Out the Potential of Intercropping With Clear Economical Benefits For Farmers
- A recent study conducted by CSIRO, backed by the Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation, showed that intercropping, the process of sowing two grains in one field, yields substantial benefits.
- Most of the studies showed that planting two crops, such as peas and canola, produced better results than usual methods, including potential system benefits like rotation benefits, improved harvestability, reduced erosion, increased soil fertility and reduced production risk.
- Research indicated consistent results across 19 different grains types, some cases showing 12% less land usage for intercropping to achieve the same outcomes as standard practices.
- Economically speaking, the combined gross return in the samples provided was $191.00 per hectare more than the returns of standard cropping. Around a 30% increase of return for oat/lupin intercropping, and up to 49% less land required for canola/legume intercropping- while producing the same amount of grain as standard methods.