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

 
News Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...
African mustard plant
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide - African mustard
African mustard is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., H. Kratsch, Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
African rue flower
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – African rue
African rue is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Austrian fieldcress plant
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Austrian fieldcress
Austrian fieldcress is a non-native plant that disrupts native vegetation because they have no natural controls and are able to adapt to varied conditions.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Barbed goatgrass
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Barbed goatgrass
Barbed goatgrass is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Black henbane
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Black henbane
Black henbane is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Camelthorn flower
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Camelthorn
Camelthorn is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of canada thistle plant.
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Canada thistle
Canada thistle is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of common crupina stem
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Common crupina
Common crupina is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of Common St. Johnswort plant
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Common St. Johnswort
Common St. Johnswort is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of crimson fountaingrass plant
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Crimson fountaingrass
Crimson fountaingrass is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of curlyleaf pondweed plant
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Curlyleaf pondweed
Curlyleaf pondweed is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of dalmatian toadflax plant
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Dalmatian toadflax
Dalmation toadflax is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of diffuse knapweed with white and pink flowers
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Diffuse knapweed
Diffuse knapweed is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of a field of dyer's woad next to a river.
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Dyer's woad
Dyer's woad is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of eurasian watermilfoil plant
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Eurasian watermilfoil
Eurasian watermilfoil is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of pink flowering rush flower
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Flowering rush
Flowering rush is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of giant reed plant with hairy ends
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Giant reed
Giant reed is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of giant salvinia plant
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Giant salvinia
Giant salvinia is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of hoary cress plant with green leaves
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Hoary cress
Hoary cress is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of horsenettle plant with small round yellow fruit
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Horsenettle
Horsenettle is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of houndstongue plant with small purple flowers
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Houndstongue
Houndstongue is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of iberian starthistle plant with pink flower on top
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Iberian starthistle
Iberian starthistle is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of johnsongrass adult plant with purple feathery flowers on top
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Johnsongrass
Johnsongrass is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of many green jointed goatgrass plants that look like a field
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Jointed goatgrass
Jointed goatgrass is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of leafy spurge plant with flowers
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Leafy spurge
Leafy spurge is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
lecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide
Photo of malta starthistle plant with yellow and pink and red flowers
Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide – Malta starthistle
Malta starthistle is a noxious weed that has been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment. Learn more about this weed.
Blecker, L., Creech, E., Dick, J., Gephart, S., Hefner, M., Kratsch, H., Moe, A., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Field Guide

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