Content tagged "rangeland quick answers"

What is the value of an AUM?

Updated: October 03, 2014

An animal unit month (AUM) is the amount of forage used to feed a 1,000-pound cow and her calf (or their equivalent) for one month. The AUMs can be different...

What does vegetation index mean in remote sensing technology?

Geospatial Technology Updated: October 03, 2014

A vegetation index (also called a vegetative index) is a single number that quantifies vegetation biomass and/or plant vigor for each pixel in a remote...

What is the best way to control fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) in my pastures?

Invasive Species Updated: October 03, 2014

A number of techniques utilizing herbicides, mechanical measures, and/or grazing can control fireweed in your pastures. Some techniques are not economical...

How much can a jackrabbit eat in a day?

Wildlife Damage Management Updated: October 03, 2014

Hares consume 1/2 to 1 pound (1.1 to 2.2 kg) of green vegetation each day. Significant damage occurs when hare concentrations are attracted to orchards,...

How wide should a firebreak or fireguard be?

Prescribed Fire Updated: October 03, 2014

There is no set standard, but it should be wide enough for the fuels along the boundary of the burn unit. Typically a bareground line 4 to 10 feet wide is...

What causes overgrazing on rangelands?

Updated: October 01, 2014

Overgrazing is excessive grazing of plants by wildlife or livestock. Overgrazing occurs when too much green material is repeatedly removed from a plant and...

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