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Published by Published on behalf of the Natural Resources Board by the Dept. of Natural Resources in Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe .
Written in English



  • Zimbabwe.


  • Grasses -- Zimbabwe.,
  • Legumes -- Zimbabwe.

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Edition Notes

Statementby John Robinson and John Clatworthy.
ContributionsClatworthy, J. N., Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board.
LC ClassificationsSB202.Z55 R63 1980
The Physical Object
Pagination50 p. :
Number of Pages50
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL144862M
LC Control Number99890172

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Native Grasses, Grasses and Forbs, Grassland Plants, Grasses and Legumes (Sections ) (Pasture and Range Plants) Paperback – January 1, by Phillips Petroleum Company (Editor) See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Price New from Used from Paperback, January 1, "Please retry" $ Format: Paperback. GRASSES AND LEGUMES FOR HORSE PASTURES Horses are popular throughout our area. Since horses tend to eat a lot, maybe a new horse pasture is in your future. Here are some planting suggestions. Horses graze differently than other livestock. They heavily graze specific spots, and they are more picky about what they will eat. Another popular strategy for utilizing legumes in a grass pasture is to mix a legume with tall fescue or other cool-season grass pastures. The tall fescue has a negative effect on the bloating potential of legumes, and the legumes may play a role in reducing the effects of fescue toxicity. The following is a short description of the le-gumes. In this book the main grasses and legumes are reviewed. Detailed attention is paid to the classification, taxonomy, and distribution of these pasture and fodder plants as well as to the environmental aspects, cultivation, nutritive value, and reproduction. Only tropical grasses and legumes are considered, and they are understood as plants originating and grown or cultivated in the tropics.

Sown pastures may be grass alone, mixed grass and legume, or pure legume. A pure grass pasture is usually preferred in situations where land is limited and/or very valuable as in dairy farms near to urban areas. Usually good herbage yields are obtained from pure grass pastures heavily fertilized with nitrogen, irrigated and cut. Timothy is a taller grass than the others mentioned here, but can tolerate close grazing. White clover is the primary legume in management intensive pastures since it survives close grazing and grows quickly. When mixing grasses with white clover, you need to graze or mow the grasses closely in the spring so that they don't shade out the legumes.   Greg Judy IDs Grasses and Legumes in His Pastures. By Greg Judy / June 3, / 1 Comment Print Email. Folks like to know what I grow in my pastures – and it’s what’s in a lot of your pastures too. So here’s a video that shows what I’ve got and why I like it. (Again, there’s a bit of wind in the video, so I apologize.). temperate or tropical grass; temperate or tropical legume; native grass; pasture herb; forage shrub; For a brief explanation of the main pasture plant groups and their characteristics, go to Categories of pasture plants. For an overview of all species commonly used in NSW read our guide on Pasture varieties used in NSW

Legumes can provide lb. N/acre to grasses in a pasture. As mentioned previously, over 80% of the N produced by the legumes will be returned to the pasture through manure and urine. Legumes can be an excellent source of N for pastures and have a dramatic impact on forage production. Depending on the animal species, 10% to 25% of a grazing pasture should be composed of legumes with the rest grass species. Pure legume pastures will cause bloating in cattle and sheep. Alfalfa. Alfalfa is one of the most common legumes and is the predominate legume grown for cattle feed. Its high protein content and digestibility have made it. As an alternative, direct seeding of productive, nutritive and bloat-free legume species into existing pasture is an attractive option for pasture rejuvenation. For high performance grazing systems, identification of suitable bloat-free legumes and methods for direct seeding into old grass and legume stands will be essential strategies. The book includes 23 forage legumes, 61 grasses, and more than nonleguminous forbs found in pastures and grasslands of Eastern United States. In addition to identification of important species, the book describes other key characteristics such as adaptation, favorable and unfavorable soil types, seasonal growth patterns, and toxicity.