Forage Performance in Crop—Livestock Systems Designed to Reduce Water Withdrawals From a Declining Aquifer

Author: 
Zilverberg, Cody
Brown, Phil
Green, Paul
Allen, Vivien
Galyean, Michael
Publisher: 
Society for Range Management
Publication Year: 
2015
Description: 
On the Ground• In the semiarid Texas High Plains, integrating cropswith grazing systems could conserve irrigationwater and increase perennial grassland.• We combined irrigated and nonirrigated exotic andnative grasses with cotton production.• We grazed and hayed the grasses, harvested grassseed, and harvested cotton.• Strategically combining different forages, fertilizer,and water inputs can extend the grazing season,improve the quality of available forage, and providea buffer against moderate drought.• Nonirrigated, seeded native grass mixtures canprovide valuable grazing and decrease total wateruse of an integrated crop-livestock system.Keywords: water conservation, grazing, forage,irrigation, Ogallala Aquifer, crude protein, fiber.
Document Type: 
Journal Issue/Article
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