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4077. Mason, J.L. and J.E. Miltimore. 1959. Increase in yield and protein content of native bluebunch wheatgrass from nitrogen fertilization.. Canadian J. Plant Sci. 39:501-504.
Native bluebunch wheatgrass in Okanagan Valley (11" precip.) showed marked response to nitrogen fertilization. Dry matter production doubled with 60N added as ammonium nitrate, protein increased from 3.9 to 6.2 %. Fertilizer also increased ground cover by the desirable grasses.

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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