Effects of Fall Clipping or Burning on the Distribution of Chemical Constituents in Bluebunch Wheatgrass in Spring
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CitationWillims, W., Bailey, A. W., McLean, A., & Kalnin, C. (1981). Effects of fall clipping or burning on the distribution of chemical constituents in bluebunch wheatgrass in spring. Journal of Range Management 34(4), 267-269.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractWe examined the effects of fall clipping or burning on chemical constituents and their distribution in bluebunch wheatgrass the following spring. The study was made in both a big sagebrush-bluebunch wheatgrass and a Douglas fir-bluebunch wheatgrass community. The concentration of mineral constituents (nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium) was lower while the concentration of fibrous constituents (acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber and lignin) was higher in leafy material at the top of the plant. In the big sagebrush community, the differences among treatments were generally greater in the lower segments of plants. Generally, the mineral constituents increased while the fibrous constituents decreased from the control to the clipped to the burned treatment. The treatment effect was more variable in plants from the Douglas fir community.