Seasonal Availability of Cool and Warm-Season Herbage in the Northern Mixed Prairie

Bork, Edward W.
Irving, Barry D.
Society for Range Management
Publication Year: 
On the Ground• Variability in spatial and temporal patterns ofherbage production is common in grasslands andcan affect land uses, such as grazing.• Total herbage biomass in northern mixed grassprairie was similar on loamy and sand duneecologic sites but varied in composition.• Cool-season grasses were uniformly producedthroughout the grazing season, whereas warm-seasongrasses grew rapidly during August.• Litter conservation was important for increasingcool-season grass biomass, whereas warm-seasongrasses remained independent of litter.• Biomass and composition of herbage in thenorthern mixed grass varies spatially and intraannually,affecting seasonal grazing opportunitiesfor livestock.Keywords: ecologic site, forage production, inversetexture effect, litter, seasonal grazing opportunities.
Document Type: 
Journal Issue/Article
Society for Range Management

Rangelands, a publication of the Society for Range Management, serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of facts, ideas, and philosophies pertaining to the study, management, and use of rangelands. The journal features scientific and historical articles as well as Society news. It provides readers with scientifically accurate information in a user-friendly format, placed in context of the world we live in today. Rangelands is a practical (non-technical) counterpart of Rangeland Ecology & Management (formerly the Journal of Range Management). The Global Rangelands collection includes articles from Rangelands up to 3 years from the current year. Access to more recent content is available by subscription from BioOne and the Society for Range Management and may also be available at your local university library. 
(Become a SRM member)