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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Clipping effect on yield and quality of eastern gamagrass, switchgrass, and bermudagrass
Year: 2000
Author(s): Edwards, S., Douglas, J., Bloodworth, H.
Source Title: Proceedings of the 2nd Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 121-126
Original Publication:  
Abstract: In the southeastern United States, forage producers have relied on the introduced species bermudagrass as a major component in their forage programs. Numerous cultivars have been released through plant breeding and selection to increase forage production and quality. Bermudagrass should be harvested every 4 to 5 weeks to maintain optimum quality. The stage of maturity at harvest influences the palatability, crude protein content, and especially the digestible energy level. Forage quality deteriorates rapidly with advancing maturity even though yield will continue to increase. The increased demand for native forage species for summer grazing, hay production, and silage have resulted in many advances in seed production, seed quality, and stand establishment techniques. However, limited information is available on production potential of native grasses under management conditions used for introduced species (ie, frequent clipping). The objective of this study was to evaluate clipping effects on yield and quality of eastern gamagrass, switchgrass, and bermudagrass.
Publisher: Agricultural Research Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service, Beltsville, MD
Editor(s): J. R. Ritchie