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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Late-Season Harvest Forage Quality of Native Warm-Season Grasses
Year: 2005
Author(s): Glennon, R. J.
Source Title: Proceedings of the 4th Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 151-153
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Abstract: We examined the late-season forage quality of six native warm-season grasses and one mixed stand. All seven grasses/mixes experienced higher levels of relative food value (RFV), crude protein, and total digestible nutrients (TDN) and lower values of acid detergent fiber (ADF) and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) between first and second cuttings. We were able to recapture lost quality since the first cutting in part through fertilization and release for new growth (Rector 1994). Managers and producers who want both ildlife/livestock benefits may want to delay haying of native warm-season grasses until August and September for the benefit of grassland songbird and game species.
Publisher: The University of Kentucky Department of Forestry, Lexington, Kentucky
Editor(s): T. G. Barnes