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Let’s Watch Grass Grow!

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Thanks to Ray Smith and University of Kentucky Forage Extension for these great videos. You know how
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

3 Comments

  1. Iain Aitken says:

    Were measurements taken of the Orchard grass before and after grazing? It’s hard to tell from the video but they both look to about double in the 5 days where i’d have expected to see a bigger difference with the rotationally grazed/taller residue.

    • Kathy Voth says:

      They simulated grazing with clipping over time, then let us watch the difference in growth rates. It’s true that they both seem to double over time, but just like when you start with a larger number/height and double that, your forage is increasing more quickly than when you start with a smaller number/height, as in 2×2=4 and 4×4=16. Does that help?

  2. Curt Gesch says:

    The photo time lapse sequence is great: clear and convincing (if we needed any convincing). It’s also something we could do at home in pots, but maybe better than that in a field with a rest for a stationery camera. I would like to see 1″ versus 6″ on orchardgrass. Maybe I’ll try to set it up?

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