A Review of Three Select Rangeland and Pastureland Quantitative Inventory Methods and Determining Estimated Stocking Rates

May, Joseph A.
Society for Range Management
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On the Ground• In this article, I provide general guidance for conductingselect methods for quantifying principally herbaceousstanding crop on rangelands and pasturelands, but alsoquantifying current yearTs shrub growth on rangelands.• I discuss estimating by weight units, double-sampling,and harvesting methods.• I also discuss the 1/100th-acre extended plot fordetermining current yearTs growth of medium to largeshrubs on rangelands and determining the estimationof stocking rates for rangeland and pastureland.• This article demonstrates how to determine the estimationof stocking rates for rangeland and pastureland.• The conservation application of my article is toprovide field personnel with sound quantitativemethods for determining approximate standing cropof forage plants, in pounds per acre, for the expresspurpose of determining a current and defensiblegrazing capacity of a farm, ranch, or unit of public land.Keywords: rangeland and pastureland quantitativeinventory, estimating by weight units, doublesamplingand harvest sampling, 1/100th-acreextended plot, estimated stocking rates.
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