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Time of Harvest Affects Yield and Composition of Native Prairie

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Title: Time of Harvest Affects Yield and Composition of Native Prairie
Author: Kirby, Don; Goetz, Harold; Hirsch, David
Description: The article covers a 5 year study addressing the effects of clipping on the mixed grass prairie western North Dakota. Early harvests typically increased composition and the yield of forbs and blue grama, the warm season grass component. Whereas, it slightly reduced the cool season graminold component. Most changes in the plant communities due to clipping treatments did not occur until the final years of this study. Basal cover of species remained fairly stable and would be a more permanent fixture of the plant community. Also, range improvement relying on changes in basal area would be slow to achieve in this mixed grassland type.
Date: 1986
Subject:
Rangelands
Forage crops
Grasses
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/5953

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