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Livestock-Pasture-Forage Mangement Planning Course
Rangeland Research Extension Program Posters
objective of range research is to develop management strategies that increase
herbage production and improve wildlife habitat, domestic livestock performance,
the economic status of North Dakota producers, and the biological performance
of grassland ecosystems. Research is directed at understanding manipulation
of mechanisms and processes of both the symbiotic soil organisms in the rhizosphere
and vegetative tillering from axillary buds so that this understanding might be
applied to the development of these management strategies.
Research Extension Center collaborates with various departments at NDSU and other
agencies. Some of those collaborative studies include:
- A study to determine
the impact that defoliation by grazing has on grassland plant species composition
and biomass and to determine optimum seasons of use of domesticated grass pastures
and native range, based on phenology, tiller development and livestock performance.
(In collaboration with the Department of Animal and Range Sciences).
study on comparison and correlation of non-destructive cover monitoring techniques
with standard biomass growth curves. As a result of manipulation of biological
mechanisms and processes in the grassland ecosystems, treatments using rotation
management increase herbage biomass production and increase cow and calf production
on less acreage. (In collaboration with the Department of Animal and Range Sciences.)
study in collaboration with the USDA-ARS, to determine the effects of cultural
management practices on grasshopper populations. Grasshopper growth and
development are affected by conditions of insects' microhabitats, which can be
manipulated by the cultural management practices of grazing and mowing.
II of a study to develop usable strategies for 12-month forage management for
livestock production and to compare the cost of production and operation of these
strategies. (In collaboration with the NDSU Department of Agricultural Economics.)
range extension program provides information through written reports and publications
and through oral presentations, papers, seminars, lectures, in-service and workshops.
Range-site field tours are conducted to illustrate and explain management
evaluations and recommendations about management strategies that manipulate biological
mechanisms, improve efficient use of natural resources and correct management
practices that hamper plant and animal production are also provided by the range
Schneider, Information Processing Specialist
Jeffrey Kubik, Ag Research Technician
John Urban, Ag Research Technician