Comparison of Soil Water Used by a Sagebrush-Bunchgrass and a Cheatgrass Community
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CitationCline, J. F., Uresk, D. W., & Rickard, W. H. (1977). Comparison of soil water used by a sagebrush-bunchgrass and a cheatgrass community. Journal of Range Management, 30(3), 199-201.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractTwo contrasting plant communities occur on the Arid Lands Ecology (ALE) Reserve in south-central Washington, one dominated by a mixture of sagebrush and bluebunch wheatgrass and the other by a nearly pure stand of cheatgrass. At the beginning of the spring growing season in 1974, a year of above-average precipitation, both communities had about the same amount of soil water stored in the first 18 dm of the soil profile. During the growing season, the quantity of soil water used by the sagebrush-bunchgrass and cheatgrass communities was 15 and 8 cm, respectively. The difference in soil water used by the two communities is attributed to a deeper root system and a longer growing period by plants of the sagebrush-bunchgrass community.