• A Review of Three Select Rangeland and Pastureland Quantitative Inventory Methods and Determining Estimated Stocking Rates

      May, Joseph A. (Society for Range Management, 2015-12-01)
      On the Ground • In this article, I provide general guidance for conducting select methods for quantifying principally herbaceous standing crop on rangelands and pasturelands, but also quantifying current year’s shrub growth on rangelands. • I discuss estimating by weight units, double-sampling,and harvesting methods. • I also discuss the 1/100th-acre extended plot for determining current year’s growth of medium to large shrubs on rangelands and determining the estimation of stocking rates for rangeland and pastureland. • This article demonstrates how to determine the estimation of stocking rates for rangeland and pastureland. • The conservation application of my article is to provide field personnel with sound quantitative methods for determining approximate standing crop of forage plants, in pounds per acre, for the express purpose of determining a current and defensible grazing capacity of a farm, ranch, or unit of public land.