Project 1: SARE (https://projects.sare.org/proposals/show/656138/10953/)
This project aims to improve the productivity and ecological benefits of bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum Fluegge) pasture by incorporating legumes and over-seeding cool-season annual forages to enhance soil organic matter and year-round growth, optimizing on-farm resources and reducing external inputs.
Project 2: Multiple Cover Crop Species Trial
The objective of this project is to evaluate whether different combinations of cover crop species and functional groups provides benefits for grazing during the cool-season, improved forage nutritive value and nitrogen cycling within beef cattle pasture systems.
In both of these projects, students will engage in field data collection at the Beef Research Unit in Waldo, FL and data processing in the Agroecosystems Ecology Lab (https://www.agroecosystem-ecology.com).