Legume trees aid silvopastoral systems

Legume trees and livestock pastures make winning combination by bringing nitrogen to pastures in tropical soils.

Silvopastoral systems combine crops and animals in the same location in a way that benefits both, and Jose Dubeux Jr., an assistant professor of agronomy at the North Florida Research & Education Center, wants to plant more legume trees in cow pastures.

Dubeux spent a lot of time on his grandparents' farm in Brazil, where he developed a passion for livestock operations and the grasslands on which the livestock graze. That passion drew him to questions about silvopastoral system

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