Pasture Seed Banks

Pasture Seed Banks
Dr. Matt Sanderson, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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What is a Seed Bank?

It is a reserve of dormant seeds in the soil that enables some types of plants to re-establish themselves after a drastic disturbance of the established vegetation …

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Total mixed ration for pasture-based dairy

Using a total mixed ration on a pasture-based dairy Dr. Kathy Soder, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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Background

Feeding dairy cows on pasture challenges nutritionists and producers due to changing pasture quality and availability which make dry matter intake (DMI) difficult to monitor …

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Soil carbon sequestration in pastures

Soil Carbon Sequestration in Pastures
Dr. Curtis Dell, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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Background

Sequestration of carbon (C) in soils is being promoted as a way to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from atmosphere and lower the potential for global climate change. Cultivation typically …

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Pasture diversity and management

Pasture diversity and management
Dr. Sarah Goslee, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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Background

There are 120 million acres of pasture in the United States, along with 406 million acres of rangeland and 62 million acres of hay. These grazing and forage crops contribute …

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Diet and behavior

Diet Selection and Grazing Behavior
Dr. Kathy Soder, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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A grazing ruminant is presented with a smorgasbord of choices when turned out onto a pasture. However, little is understood on how selection decisions are made by the animal, including …

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