Great “Grass Farmers” Grow Roots

If you go to enough workshops about grazing, you're bound to see an illustration that shows how biting off the tops of plants impacts their roots, and how if you graze short enough, the plant won't

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5 thoughts on “Great “Grass Farmers” Grow Roots

  1. Kathy excellent article, well put and good photo’s.
    Can I use some of the photo’s in lectures, I will say
    where they come from?


    1. The photos are from National Geographic, so head over to their article to get the full scoop and to give credit where credit is due. Glad you enjoyed it and happy to know you’re reading On Pasture too. Thanks, Ian!

  2. Kathy,
    This is a great article. I have tried to explain this to many of those I work with who run cattle. This is straight to the point. Even the most set in their way operators can understand the relationships between the visible part of the plant and the hidden roots.

  3. What a treat to get a good look at the rest of the plant! I’m assuming that the roots are not as vertical in place as they are in the photos. Root depth is limited by lower oxygen and nutrient levels, restrictive soil horizons (like compact glacial till in the north), presence of a water table below which roots would suffocate, etc. Having read that most of the biomass of grass is below ground, it’s nice to see confirmation. And looking at the forbs (compass plant and goldenrod), I’m wondering if the same isn’t true for them as well.

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