McNay Research and Demonstration Farm
Pasture productivity in Iowa often is limited by low productivity of cool-season grasses during summer. This uneven seasonal distribution of forage production could be improved by including species in pasture systems that perform better under higher temperatures. Warm-season grasses produce most of their growth during summer when cool-season grasses are semi-dormant. By using cool-season and warm-season pastures in a sequential system, it should be possible to improve seasonal productivity.
Iowa State University
Moore, Kenneth J.; Brummer, E. Charles; Wiedenhoeft, M. H.; Russell, James R.; Hintz, Roger L.; White, Todd; Secor, L. James; and Maxwell, Dennis R., "Sequential Grazing of Cool- and Warm-Season Pastures" (2002). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 1601.