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7028. USDA Soil Conservation Service. 1955. Joint Utah - Idaho Conservation Dryland Farming Guide.. .
Describes 3 basic rotations for the region: 1) grass/alfalfa - no more than 2 yr grain (Class IV land, precip. >17"); 2) grain - fallow - various rotations with alfalfa/grass or sweetclover depending on precip. (12-17"); 3) permanent grass/legume, with no more than 2 yr grain (precip 9-12", Class IV land); lists adapted grass and legume varieties; describes use of rotary hoe and skew treader for weed control. T: grass varieties.

9527. Walker, R.H. and A.F. Bracken. 1938. Seeding grasses on Utah dry farms.. Utah Agr. Expt. Sta. College Series No. 559, Logan, UT..
The practicability of growing grasses for forage production and also for seed on dryfarm lands in Utah has been demonstrated in experiments conducted by the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station. The good wheatgrasses were native to these lands; hence, they are well adapted for growth under our arid climatic conditions and they furnish abundant forage that is well suited to grazing by livestock. The fact that wheat grows well on many dry lands of this state indicates that grasses will grow well on the same soils, for most native grasses and certain introduced and cultivated grasses are similar to wheat in their growth requirements. At the Nephi DryLand Station in 1938, alfalfa yielded 2,320 pounds of forage whereas yellow sweet clover and white sweet clover, in third year stands which had been permitted to go to seed in 1937, yielded 1,220 and 930 pounds of forage per acre respectively. They also aid in preserving the nitrogen conent of the land which will be reflected in higher yields and better quality wheat in succeeding years. Included in this report are experimental results from the following grasses: Crested wheatgrass, Slender wheatgrass, Western wheatgrass, Smooth brome grass, Tall meadow oat grass, Bluebunch wheatgrass.

9971. Brusko, M.. 1986. Grazing through the snow.. The New Farm, May/June 1986, p.20-23..
By experimenting with cool-season pasture grasses, cattlemen are reducing their winter feed bills. In Woodruff, Utah, crested wheatgrass is successfully grazed for 60 days in the middle of winter. With fall re-growth, crested wheatgrass has a protein content of 15%. In Canada, when crested wheatgrass was grown with alfalfa, forage yields were doubled. Another promising winter forage is fourwing saltbrush (Atriplex canescens), with 12% protein. According to a USDA-ARS geneticist, basin wildrye (Elymus cinereus) has better nutritional content than crested wheatgrass in both fall and winter. Many other reports are showing that with proper management of cool-season perennials, ranchers will be able to reduce their winter feed bills.

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