Techniques for Measuring Pastures

Pasture measurements are integral to grassland experimentation. Such measurements are equally essential whether assessing the herbage present in a pasture, examining changes in growth or pasture quality during the growing season, studying the influence, on the sward, of a range of superimposed treatments, or investigating the effects of pathogens on plant production.

This second edition of ‘Techniques for Measuring Pastures’ by John Cayley and Rod Bird provides a critical analysis of the range of techniques available for making such pasture measurements, including their appropriateness for specific requirements. A very good chapter on General Principles is followed by a consideration of a range of topics, including the optimal layout of field plots, the sampling of such plots, the number of observations required to achieve an acceptable Standard Error and laboratory procedures.

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