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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: C3C4 Conversion of Cool-Season Pastures into Warm-Season Grass Prairies on Grazing Lands
Year: 2005
Author(s): Skaradek, W. B., Miller, C. F.
Source Title: Proceedings of the 4th Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 19-20
Original Publication:  
Abstract: It seems that the popularity of native warm-season grasses continues to increase every year. Increasingly more attention is also being focused on the negative aspects of fescue and cool-season grasses. Some of these negative aspects include endophytic-induced miscarriages in wildlife, limited cover and food values, and susceptibility to cool-season plant community loss resulting from climate changes. Additionally, more people are becoming interested in converting long-term fescue pastures into warm-season grass plant communities that would: provide greater wildlife cover, shelter, and feed. increase the total carbon sequestration rates of grassed areas. provide greater ecological function during and following climate changes. Some skeptics predicted that the allopathic effects of long-term fescue cover would inhibit or deter the successful establishment of common warm-season grasses. This comprehensive presentation will clearly depict some interestingly successful results realized at the USDA NRCS Cape May Plant Materials Center.
Editor(s): T. G. Barnes