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Title: Carbohydrate and nitrogen reserve cycles for continuous, season-long and intensive early stocked flint hills bluestem range
Year: 1977
Author(s): Owensby, C. E., Smith, E. F., Rains, J. R.
Source Title: Journal of Range Management
Source Type: Journal
pages: 258-260
Original Publication: http://  
Abstract: Effects of intensive, early stocking (twice the normal stocking rate from May 1 to July 15) and continuous, season-long stocking from May 1 to October 1 with yearling steers on big bluestem carbohydrate and reserve cycles were studied 3 years in the Kansas Flint Hills. Big bluestem reserve carbohydrates were similar during the dormant season under both stocking systems, but lower on the intensive-early stocked pasture during midsummer than on the continuous, season-long stocked one. By growing seasonís end carbohydrate reserves were similar for both stocking systems. Stocking system did not affect the nitrogen reserve cycle. Big bluestem vigor and regrowth potential were similar for both systems.