Learn About Alternative Crops Tested in Nevada

The alternative crop program is evaluating the potential new crops for the state of Nevada. The goal of the program is to provide alternative crops that can grow well in our region and increase crop diversity. Plants grown in the demonstration plots were chick peas, forage soybeans, sorghum, dry beans, hemp, soybeans, teff, winter (fall-seeded) and spring camelina, and specialty crop winter squash. All plants were directly seeded starting in mid-May - through early June.

Alternative Crop Resources

Evaluating the Potential of an Alternative Crop

Determining Profitability of Alternative Crops

Soil and Climate Considerations of Alternative Crops

Benefits of Crop Diversification

The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center

Learn About Alternative Crops Tested in Nevada (list below)

The alternative crop program is evaluating the potential new crops for the state of Nevada. The goal of the program is to provide alternative crops that can grow well in our region and increase crop diversity. Plants grown in the demonstration plots were chick peas, forage soybeans, sorghum, dry beans, hemp, soybeans, teff, winter (fall-seeded) and spring camelina, and specialty crop winter squash. All plants were directly seeded starting in mid-May - through early June.

Chickpeas


Potential of Chickpeas as a New Crop for Nevada

a chickpea plant up closea chickpea plant in a fielda chickpea plant in a field

 

Sorghum

Nevada Sorghum Workshop Part 1
Nevada Sorghum Workshop Part 2
Nevada Sorghum Workshop Part 3
Nevada Sorghum Workshop Part 4

an assortment of harvested sorghum plants on the ground


Dry beans

Grown for snap beans, shell beans or dry beans. Some varieties mature earlier than others. They do not need as much fertilizer as other crops.

a dry beans plant up close


Pearl millet

Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) is an annual, warm-season crop widely grown throughout the United States for grazing, silage, hay, grain,  and a summer cover crop. It does not produce prussic acid.

a peal millet plant in a fielda field of pearl millet plantspearl millet plants


Soybeans

Grown for snap beans, shell beans or dry beans. Some varieties mature earlier than others. They do not need as much fertilizer as other crops.

a soybean plant in soil
 

Teff

teff plants in a fielda field of teff plantsindividual teff plants in a fielda large field of teff plantsa field of cut teff plants


Forage soybeans

Forage soybeans are a summer annual forage legume crop.

Forage Soybean Resources:

Forage Soybeans for Grazing, Hay, and Silage

forage soybean plants

field of soybean plants


Camelina

Camelina (Camelina sativa) is an annual in the Brassicacea, or mustard family. It has a high oil content suitable for food use and biofuel production. Winter camelina can be grown as a fall-seeded cover crop.

Camelina Resources:

Five-Year Field Trial of Eight Camelina sativa Cultivars for Biomass to be Used in Biofuel under Irrigated Conditions in a Semi-Arid Climate

Sowing date and sowing method influence on camelina cultivars grain yield, oil concentration, and biodiesel production

Camelina production parameters response to different irrigation regimes

Exploring the Potential Use of Camelina Sativa as a Biofuel Crop for Nevada

the top of a camelina plant up closefield of camelina plants


Hemp

Testing hemp varieties for production potential in Nevada.

hemp plant up closetop of a hemp plant up close

 

Butternut Squash

Conducting specialty crop research to test the four varieties of winter squash and evaluate the marketability and tasting test in collaboration with Fallon Food Hub.

butternut squash in a fieldbutternut squash leafs in a fieldbutternut squash flower up close

 

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Learn more about the program's team

Maninder K. Walia
Program Leader & Contact
 

Extension Director's Office | On the campus of University of Nevada, Reno