Effect of grazing on soil-water content in semiarid rangelands of southeast Idaho

Journal of Arid Environments - Weber and Gokhale

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

Abstract only available, so limited information available for review.

What is the problem?

Investigates the effect of grazing on soil-water content to understand better this important indicator of rangeland health.

What did the research involve?

  • Treatments simulated holistic planned grazing, rest-rotation and total rest at stocking rates of 36, 6, and 0 animal days/ha.
  • Soil water content measured continuously from 2006 to 2008

What were the key findings?

  • Grazing intensity varied from low (6 animal days ha−1) to high (36 animal days ha−1).
  • Soil-water content (%VWC) was highest in the holistic planned grazing pasture (HPG).
  • HPG used high intensity, short-duration grazing (6 days/year).
  • Percent litter cover was also highest under the HPG treatment.
  • Soil-water content varies in response to animal impact and the duration of grazing.
2010 - Australia - Journal of Arid Environments - Weber and Gokhale
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