Winterfat (Krascheninnikovia lanata) seed harvest results from four different methods
Winterfat (Krascheninnikovia lanata (Pursh) Guldenstaedt) is a semi-shrub with high palatability and nutritional quality. The shrub has potential to be a fall forage used to extend the grazing period. Presently seed supply is insufficient to meet demands. Therefore work is presently underway at SPARC to develop agronomic methodology to aid production of this shrub. Growing winterfat plants within a weed barrier fabric provided increased seed yield and growth. Seed harvest using vacuum and hand stripping resulted in the greater seed yields. Sickling of winterfat resulted in some stimulated growth.
Soils and Crops Workshop