• Creeping Bluestem (Andropogon stolonifer (Nash) Hitchc.)

      Yarlett, L. L.; Roush, R. D. (Society for Range Management, 1970-03-01)
      Creeping bluestem (Andropogon stolonifer (Nash) Hitchc.) is an important perennial native bluestem widely distributed on ranges and grazeable woodlands in Florida and southeast Georgia. Major growth occurs from January to September in south Florida. Successful management and maximum production of creeping bluestem depends on how closely range management practices are coordinated with growth characteristics. Controlling saw palmetto (Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small) by mechanical means followed by good management practices increases the production of creeping bluestem. Good and excellent condition ranges composed of creeping bluestem are invaluable to ranching operations. Greater flexibility in ranching operations are possible when creeping bluestem is the major grass on good and excellent condition ranges.
    • Creeping Bluestem Compared with Four Other Native Range Grasses

      Roush, R. D.; Yarlett, L. L. (Society for Range Management, 1973-01-01)
      Creeping bluestem (Andropogon stolonifer [Nash] Hitchc.), an important rhizomatous perennial native bluestem of Florida and southeast Georgia, was compared under five use-management schemes with four other important native range grasses common to the same region. The creeping bluestem was found to consistently outyield the other grasses throughout all the use-management plans under which they were compared. Three systems of management found feasible for the utilization of and continuing stand development of creeping bluestem were found to be: (1) periodic spring, summer, and autumn forage removal to 50% of leaf height plus complete forage utilization in the wintertime; (2) autumn forage removal during full bloom stage to 50% of leaf height coupled with full forage utilization in wintertime; and (3) full forage utilization in the wintertime.
    • Production of Cow-Calf Herds: Effect of Burning Native Range and Supplemental Feeding

      Kirk, W. G.; Hodges, E. M.; Peacock, F. M.; Yarlett, L. L.; Martin, F. G. (Society for Range Management, 1974-03-01)
      Two grazing trials of 4 and 6 years' duration were conducted to determine the effect of burning unimproved range and limited supplemental feed during the fall and winter on productivity of cow-calf herds. In a 4-year trial, burning one-fourth of the range in November and an additional fourth in January increased weaned calf production from 56% to 75% and calf gain per cow from 84 kg to 106 kg over cows on unburned range. Burning one-half the range plus supplemental feeding of either cane molasses, fresh sugarcane, or cottonseed pellets resulted in a weaned calf crop of 67%, 72%, and 77%, respectively, and yearly calf production of 102 kg, 111 kg, and 117 kg/cow. In another trial of 6 years' duration, one-half of each 64.8 ha experimental range was burned each fall and winter. Supplemental feeds given the five lots were: none, oranges, grapefruit, grapefruit plus cottonseed pellets, and citrus pellets. The average weaned calf crop for the five lots was 61% (unsupplemented), 62%, 72%, 69%, and 68%. The yearly calf production/cow was 107 kg, 111 kg, 128 kg, 122 kg, and 122 kg, respectively. Supplemental feeding increased calf production, but differences were not statistically significant because of too few animals. Supplemental feeding did not offer a reasonable return over burning alone when cost of feed and labor involved were considered.
    • Some Important and Associated Native Grasses on Central and South Florida Ranges

      Yarlett, L. L. (Society for Range Management, 1963-01-01)