Forage Performance in Crop-Livestock Systems Designed to Reduce Water Withdrawals From a Declining Aquifer

Cody Zilverberg, Phil Brown, Paul Green, Vivien Allen, Michael Galyean

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Abstract

On the Ground • In the semiarid Texas High Plains, integrating crops with grazing systems could conserve irrigation water and increase perennial grassland. • We combined irrigated and nonirrigated exotic and native grasses with cotton production. • We grazed and hayed the grasses, harvested grass seed, and harvested cotton. • Strategically combining different forages, fertilizer, and water inputs can extend the grazing season, improve the quality of available forage, and provide a buffer against moderate drought. • Nonirrigated, seeded native grass mixtures can provide valuable grazing and decrease total water use of an integrated crop-livestock system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages55-61
Number of pages7
Volume37
No2
Specialist publicationRangelands
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

Keywords

  • Ogallala Aquifer
  • crude protein
  • fiber
  • forage
  • grazing
  • irrigation
  • water conservation

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