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Research Project: Sustainable Intensification of Integrated Crop-Pasture-Livestock Systems in Northeastern Landscapes

Location: Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research

Title: Updating the pasture condition score

item Goslee, Sarah

Submitted to: Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/19/2020
Publication Date: 1/14/2020
Citation: Goslee, S.C. 2020. Updating the pasture condition score[Abstract]. Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Meeting Proceedings. p. 1.

Interpretive Summary: No Interpretive Summary is required for this Abstract Only. JLB.

Technical Abstract: The original Guide to Pasture Condition Scoring, written by Dennis Cosgrove, Dan Undersander, and James Cropper, and published by the NRCS in May 2001, has been used intensively nationwide. While the ten indicators in the original guide remain useful, practical experience has shown that some aspects could be revised to improve the applicability of the pasture condition score across the full range of pastures found in the US, and to ensure that the indicators can be consistently applied in the field. This revised guide, produced by NRCS and ARS personnel working together, merges scientific accuracy and practical reliability to ensure the best possible tool for understanding the condition of the nation’s pasture resources.