Alley Cropping

Alley Cropping

Agroforestry: Southern Region Resources on Sustainable Woodland Management and Land Use Conservation

Alley Cropping

Alley cropping involves the planting of timber, fruit or nut trees in single or multiple rows on agricultural lands, with crops or forages cultivated between the rows, or alleyways. Benefits of this type of agroforestry system include production of tree or wood products along with crops or forage; improvement of crop or forage quality and quantity by enhancement of micro-climatic conditions; improved utilization and recycling of soil nutrients for crop or forage use; control of subsurface water levels; and provision of favorable habitats for plant, insect or animal species beneficial to crops or forage.

Alley cropping has potential in the Southeast as an agroforestry practice. However, farmers and landowners have been slow to adopt alley cropping systems due to a general lack of understanding of the interactions involving system components and their impact on productivity and sustainability. The following SSARE-funded resources are helping to expand the knowledge of alley cropping to farmers and landowners interested in the practice.

Alley Cropping Combinations for the Southeastern USA

 

A fact sheet from University of Florida IFAS on alley cropping on farmland.

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Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, under sub-award numbers: GS01-009 and LS02-136. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

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