Influence of Soil, Vegetation, and Grazing Management on Infiltration Rate and Sediment Production of Edwards Plateau Rangeland
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CitationMcGinty, W. A., Smeins, F. E., & Merrill, L. B. (1979). Influence of soil, vegetation, and grazing management on infiltration rate and sediment production of Edwards Plateau rangeland. Journal of Range Management, 32(1), 33-37.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractTerminal infiltration rates for one pasture in a 4-pasture deferred-rotation grazing system and a 27-year exclosure were found to be similar (10.40 and 10.24 cm/hr, respectively). A heavily, continuously grazed pasture exhibited less than one-half the infiltration rate (4.41 cm/hr) of the rotation pasture and exclosure. Grazed pastures were stocked at approximately the same rate (5.0 ha/AU/yr). The continuously grazed pasture also had greater sediment loss (211 kg/ha) than the rotation pasture and exclosure (134 and 160 kg/ha, respectively). Infiltration rate and sediment production were significantly influenced by plant biomass, bulk density, depression storage, and soil depth.