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CitationMcCuistion, K., Grigar, M., Wester, D. B., Rhoades, R., Mathis, C., & Tedeschi, L. (2014). Can we predict forage nutritive value with weather parameters?. Rangelands, 36(1), 2-9.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
AbstractOn the Ground • The use of easily accessible information to forecast when standing forage may lack nutrients to sustain cattle production could be valuable to the ranching community. • Our study was designed to determine if forage crude protein and acid detergent fiber could be reasonably predicted using precipitation, season, and temperature. • In south Texas, monthly precipitation in the fall accounted for 63% of the variation in crude protein and 73% of the variation in acid detergent fiber. • A better understanding of how forage nutritive value changes over the year can improve strategic supplementation efforts.