• Rangeland Seeder Development Using Semicircular Seedbox and Auger Agitator Seed Metering Concept

      Wiedemann, H. T.; Cross, B. T. (Society for Range Management, 1981-07-01)
      A rangeland seeder featuring a semicircular seedbox and auger agitator mounted to heavy-duty frame has proven reliable and durable under rough rangeland conditions. The experimental seeder reduces the variability in metering fluffy seed due to the improvement in design. Satisfactory metering of slick seed was accomplished with a commercial, cup-feed mechanism. Flexing, runner openers prepared and placed seed in a furrow without undue mechanical breakage while traversing logs, stumps and other debris left after rootplowing. The features of the experimental seeder increase the potential for seeding brush-infested rangeland because of improved reliability and less need for costly clean-up of brush debris.
    • Responses of Annual Range Grasses and Legumes to Comparable Applications of Manurial and Inorganic Fertilizers

      Jolley, L. W.; Raguse, C. A. (Society for Range Management, 1981-07-01)
      The use of cattle manure as an alternative to commercial inorganic fertilizer for annual rangelands was investigated, using mixtures of annual range grasses and legumes grown in pots containing a range soil known to be low in nitrogen and phosphorus and marginal in sulfur. Equivalent applications were made of N, P, and S over a wide range of levels (ca 100-1,200 kg/ha N, 23-276 kg/ha P, and 17-200 kg/ha S equivalents) with the N:P:S ratios of the inorganic fertilizer treatments adjusted to match those of the manure. All levels of both fertilizer types were applied either soil-incorporated or surface-broadcast. Plants were grown in greenhouse and outdoor environments, harvested twice, and separated into grass and legume components. Total yields and grass vields were higher for inorganic fertilizer. Clover yields were higher in the manure treatments, and in the outdoor environment, and increased from the first to the second harvests. Yields generally increased from first to second harvests and were higher in the outdoor environment. Mode of application had little effect on either yield or grass:legume ratio. Where economically feasible and available, the use of manures on rangeland may be justified, especially where enhancement of a legume component of the vegetation is desired.
    • Seasonal Vegetative Establishment and Shoot Reserves of Eastern Gamagrass

      DeWald, C. E.; Sims, P. L. (Society for Range Management, 1981-07-01)
      Seasonal vegetative establishment and shoot reserves of eastern gamagrass were studied at Woodward, Oklahoma. Single shoots and compound shoots were separated from parent plants and field transplanted twice monthly from January 1977 through September 1978. Shoot reserves were estimated by measurements of mass and percent new growth under etiolation, percent dry matter, and amount and percent total nonstructural carbohydrate (TNC). Etiolated growth, percent dry matter, and TNC were greatest during the winter dormant season and least during May and June. Stand establishment from vegetative propagation followed these same trends, indicating the importance of shoot reserves to vegetative propagation. Etiolated growth followed the same seasonal trends as TNC in shoots but had higher values, indicating that reserves other than carbohydrates measured in the TNC analysis may be important in new shoot growth of eastern gamagrass. Single shoots with high dry weights contained greater amounts of reserves than shoots with low dry weight sampled during the same period. Stand establishment was higher for compound than for single shoots from late June through September, apparently because compound shoots weighed more and contained more reserves than single shoots. Shoots of eastern gamagrass transplanted during the winter dormant season resulted in 90-100% establishment. Vegetative propagation could become an important means of establishing eastern gamagrass if suitable field transplanting equipment were developed. Eastern gamagrass has the potential to become a leading forage producer and engineering research to develop suitable propagation equipment is justified.
    • Streambank Erosion and Ungulate Grazing Relationships

      Buckhouse, J. C.; Skovlin, J. M.; Knight, R. W. (Society for Range Management, 1981-07-01)
      Streambank erosional patterns have been studied for 3 years (1 year of calibration and 2 years of active grazing treatment) on the Starkey Experimental Forest and Range in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon. Livestock grazing use at the rate of 3.2 ha/AUM (8 acres/AUM) has not accelerated streambank degradation on Meadow Creek. Most erosion occurred during wintering periods and this erosion has been independent of grazing season treatments. It appears that high runoff and occasional ice flows are the most significant factors in bank cutting on this stream.
    • The Effect of Slide and Frequency Observation Numbers on the Precision of Microhistological Analysis

      Holechek, J. L.; Vavra, M. (Society for Range Management, 1981-07-01)
      The number of slides and frequency observations per slide required for microhistological analysis was determined. Slides should be prepared so that at least 20 frequency observations are recorded per slide. When five slides were prepared per sample, reasonable estimations were obtained for species comprising 20% or more of the diet. Minor and trace species in the diet were poorly estimated indicating a large number of slides are needed for adequate precision.
    • The Oxalate, Tannin, Crude Fiber, and Crude Protein Composition of Young Plants of Some Atriplex Species

      Davis, A. M. (Society for Range Management, 1981-07-01)
      Oxalate, tannin, crude fiber, and crude protein contents were determined in 11 introduced Atriplex species and four species native to western North America that might be browsed by wildlife and livestock. Atriplex species of foreign origin resembled domestic species in content of oxalate, tannins, crude fiber, and crude protein, with averages and range similar to those of A. canescens. These foreign species could fit into a range ecosystem to improve the quality and quantity of different browse species.
    • The Productivity and Nutritive Value of Imperata cylindrica (L) Beauv. in the Thai Highlands

      Falvey, J. L.; Hengmichai, P.; Pongpiachan, P. (Society for Range Management, 1981-07-01)
      The rate of dry matter production after the annual pre-wet season burning, the rate of regrowth after cutting at three times during the year and the nitrogen content, phosphorus content and in vitro digestibility of Imperata cylindrica were studied in highlands of north Thailand over a one-year period. Dry matter production was slower than that recorded in more tropical regions and nitrogen content and digestibility correspondingly remained higher for longer. It is suggested that the slower growth rates recorded in this environment, permitted Imperata to remain a useful forage for a longer period than is usually considered possible for this species.
    • Tree Age and Dominance Patterns in Great Basin Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands

      Tausch, R. J.; West, N. E.; Nabi, A. A. (Society for Range Management, 1981-07-01)
      Prior studies of pinyon-juniper woodlands at a few locations have indicated considerable historical expansion of the trees and loss of understory. Whether these changes are a widespread phenomenon and related to pervasive, rather than local, influences was the question asked by this research. An objective sampling of 18 randomly selected mountain ranges in the Great Basin was undertaken. Tree age and dominance in the pinyon-juniper woodlands showed definite geographical, elevational, and historical trends. The oldest, most tree-dominated woodlands were located in areas of intermediate topography where disturbances may have been less frequent. Populations of both tree species [Pinus monophylla (Torr.) and Juniperus osteosperma (Torr. and Frem.)] were progressively younger and less dominant in both upslope and downslope directions from the intermediate elevations. Tree densities have also historically increased within the oldest woodlands. Pinyon density has increased faster than that of juniper. Approximately 40 percent of the sampled plots had their trees establishing during the last 150 years. These changes generally coincide with introduction of heavy livestock grazing, tree utilization by the mining industry, and fire suppression that followed settlement of the region. Associated climatic trends were also investigated. The relative importance of these influences on the changes in tree age and dominance cannot be determined without further research. The loss of understory, coincident with increasing tree dominance, has reduced forage production and made the woodlands progressively less susceptible to fire. Barring some major environmental change or management action, this forage reduction and decreased frequency of burning will continue until trees dominate much more area.
    • Variation in Defecation Rates of Pronghorns Relative to Habitat and Activity Level

      Irby, L. R. (Society for Range Management, 1981-07-01)
      During June through September, 1977, pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana) were observed in the National Bison Range, Moiese, Montana, to determine if defecation rates were constant in different habitat types and at different levels of activity. Individuals and groups that were active 50% or more of observation periods were found to have defecation rates approximately 10 times greater than groups or individuals that were active less than 50% of observation periods. Habitat type was much less tightly related to defecation frequency than was activity level.