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Variability in Growth Characteristics of Forage Plants on Summer Range in Central Utah

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Marked variability in the growth characteristics of range grasses was demonstrated in a four-year study of several grasses common on mountainous summer ranges in the Intermountain region. A lack of constancy in growth form was the rule rather than the exception. This is due to seasonal weather conditions, density of stand, previous grazing treatment, available moisture and mineral nutrients, and other site factors. Variability in yield and growth characteristics in range plants from year to year and from site to site is of practical significance to stockmen and range managers since it greatly affects the accuracy and suitability of the various methods available for determining the current degree of range use.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Conservationist, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Ogden, Utah

Publication date: 1945-04-01

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