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1 February 2014 Can We Predict Forage Nutritive Value With Weather Parameters?
Kim McCuistion, Michael Grigar, David B. Wester, Ryan Rhoades, Clay Mathis, Luis Tedeschi
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  • The use of easily accessible information to forecast when standing forage may lack nutrients to sustain cattle production could be valuable to the ranching community.

  • Our study was designed to determine if forage crude protein and acid detergent fiber could be reasonably predicted using precipitation, season, and temperature.

  • In south Texas, monthly precipitation in the fall accounted for 63% of the variation in crude protein and 73% of the variation in acid detergent fiber.

  • A better understanding of how forage nutritive value changes over the year can improve strategic supplementation efforts.

Kim McCuistion, Michael Grigar, David B. Wester, Ryan Rhoades, Clay Mathis, and Luis Tedeschi "Can We Predict Forage Nutritive Value With Weather Parameters?," Rangelands 36(1), 2-9, (1 February 2014). https://doi.org/10.2111/RANGELANDS-D-13-00055.1
Published: 1 February 2014
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forage quality
nutritive value
seasonal precipitation
strategic supplementation
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