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      Germino, M. (Society for Range Management, 2018-06)
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      Sheley, R. (Society for Range Management, 2018-06)
    • Impact of Grasshopper Control on Forage Quality and Availability in Western Nebraska

      Bradshaw, J. D.; Jenkins, K. H.; Whipple, S. D. (Society for Range Management, 2018-06)
      Grasshopper outbreaks in Nebraska have resulted in losses over $2 million per year due to lost forage for livestock. As much as 23% of western U.S. forage is consumed by grasshoppers annually. Controlling grasshoppers reduced grasshopper numbers without negatively impacting beneficial insects. In 2011, 29 more 318 kg steers could have grazed a 1000 hectare pasture for a 5 month growing season due to grasshopper suppression. In 2012 (a drought year), 54 more steers could have been grazed if grasshoppers were controlled. Grasshopper infestation can result in significant reduction in livestock grazing capacity especially in dry conditions.
    • Ranching Sustainability in the Northern Great Plains: An Appraisal of Local Perspectives

      Haggerty, J. H.; Auger, M.; Epstein, K. (Society for Range Management, 2018-06)
      In eight counties in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska characterized by high levels of intact Northern Great Plains grassland habitat, ranchers observe the following sustainability challenges: Land prices and lack of land for purchaseProfitabilityFamily succession and community change (depopulation)Notably, they do not anticipate extensive cropland conversion in the western edge of the Northern Great Plains. We observed differences in the experience of these challenges based on the ranch ownership lifecycle. In response, we recommend that conservation and government programs focused on sustainable ranching should adopt a framework for strategy and program evaluated based on the lifecycle framework. Assisting emerging ranchers, according to this research effort, will demand more than coming up with loan funds or extra forage. Rather it will mean rethinking the existing pathway that operators follow on the route from emerging to established ranchers. In addition, conservation and government programs and future research should address the impacts and patterns of land agglomeration in the Northern Great Plains. The Society for Range Management
    • Viewpoint: An Alternative Management Paradigm for Plant Communities Affected by Invasive Annual Grass in the Intermountain West

      Perryman, B. L.; Schultz, B. W.; McAdoo, J. K.; Alverts, R. L.; Cervantes, J. C.; Foster, S.; McCuin, G.; Swanson, S. (Society for Range Management, 2018-06)
      Over 400,000 km2 of the Intermountain West is colonized by cheatgrass and other annual grasses. Planning and management actions designed to foster perennial grass health throughout the region have never addressed how annual grasses would respond. For decades, the most significant landscape-level management approach toward invasive annual grasses has been to complain. We now know how to begin the process of taking the Intermountain West back from the domination of invasive annual grasses: through the management of standing dead litter. Sustaining perennial bunchgrasses at landscape scales will require an integrated ecological approach to fuels management. The Society for Range Management