CitationMasters, R. A., & Scifres, C. J. (1984). Forage quality responses of selected grasses to tebuthiuron. Journal of Range Management, 37(1), 83-87.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractTebuthiuron pellets (20% active ingredient [a.i.]) applied at 0.6, 1.1 or 2.2 kg/ha (a.i.) to native stands of little bluestem and at 1.1 or 2.2 kg/ha to 1-year-old seeded stands of Bahiagrass, Bell rhodesgrass, green sprangletop, and little bluestem did not significantly alter the in vitro digestible organic matter concentrations of grass leaves. Leaf water concentrations of Bahiagrass, green sprangletop, and little bluestem were not consistently altered by application of tebuthiuron. However, application of 1.1 or 2.2 kg/ha of tebuthiuron pellets to seeded stands or to native little bluestem increased foliar crude protein concentrations. Application of 0.125, 0.188, or 0.25 ppm of tebuthiuron in aqueous solutions to pots containing grasses in the greenhouse significantly increased foliar crude protein concentrations, compared to that of untreated plants. Crude protein concentrations were increased only during the growing season of application in the native stand of little bluestem. These results suggest application of tebuthiuron for brush control may enhance rangeland forage crude protein concentrations while not affecting in vitro digestible organic matter.