Report on Murdoch Lake Alley Cropping Experiment

Alley cropping is the practice of planting rows of economically valuable trees and/or shrubs alongside crops in the “alleyways” between the rows. The Murdoch Lake Alley Cropping Experiment took place near Murdoch Lake in the Peace Country of Alberta, and aimed to calculate the effects of alley cropping with hybrid poplar trees and forage crops on overall site productivity. Greater productivity (measured in total aboveground biomass) was found at the alley cropped site than at the site with forage crops only, providing evidence of the potential for alley cropping systems to diversify and increase farm income.

Agroforestry & Woodlot Extension Society