Oilseed Intercropping

Intercroppped field.

Intercropping is the practice of planting more than one cash crop in the same field at the same time. Oilseeds such as canola, camelina, and flax are typically intercropped with legumes such as grabonzo beans, peas, and lentils. It is thought that the legumes furnish nitrogen to the oilseed crops while the oilseed crops compete with weeds and use moisture not readily accessible to legumes. Additionally, there appear to be beneficial shifts in insect ecology and soil microbial populations.

Visit the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences site to see all the CSS Field Day Abstracts.

  • Desta, K., H. Collins, W. Pan, S. Fransen, S. Norberg, and D. Llewellyn. 2012. Double-Cropping Irrigated Biennial Canola with Green Pea for Biodiesel Feedstock, Crop Diversification, and Animal Feed. Poster. Northwest Bioenergy Research Symposium. Seattle, WA. Nov. 13, 2012.

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