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10049. Kephart, K.D., G.A. Murray and D.L. Auld. . Alternate crops for dryland production systems in Northern Idaho.. ID Agr. Expt. Sta. Contribution 88762, Moscow, ID..
Increased interest in low-cost input management practices and changes to conservation-oriented government programs are providing incentive for farmers to diversify rotation schemes. However, a lack of commercially viable alternate crops has restricted the number of options available to northern Idaho farmers. This paper lists the results of 10 years of alternate crop experiments into four groups. 1) Species offering no production potential are grain sorghum, quinoa, and soybeans. 2) Crops with limited production potential are meadowfoam, mustard and spring rapeseed, lupines, faba beans, flax, and crambe. 3) Commercialized crops with limited production potential are buckwheat, safflower, sunflowers, and chickpeas. 4) Commercialized crops with unlimited production potential are winter peas and winter rapeseed. Tables 2 and 3 summarize planting requirements and erosion control potential for many of these crops.

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