Nutritive value of cheatgrass and crested wheatgrass on spring ranges of Utah

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The widespread abundance of cheatgrass on the foothill and semidesert ranges of the Intermountain Great Basin region causes concern to range managers of this area. During the past 20 years, crested wheatgrass has been used to replace cheatgrass on some of the more favorable sites. However, many soils supporting extensive areas of cheatgrass are so low in productivity it is believed that they should be managed as an annual grass type and used for the most effective purpose which appears to be spring range for livestock.

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