Alapaha Experimental Range
Season of Burning
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CitationHilmon, J. B., & Hughes, R. H. (1965). Fire and forage in the wiregrass type. Journal of Range Management, 18(5), 251-254.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractBurning increases the availability and usefulness of the early growing wiregrasses during the winter and spring before other species have made substantial growth. A few months after burning, as quality of wiregrasses declines, cattle seek other forage plants. Thus, adaptation to sprout quickly after fire coupled with early decline in quality and palatability operate to maintain or increase the abundance of wiregrasses in the type.