Department of Plant Science
Range livestock production is a primary industry in the Northern Great Plains. Efficiency of operation is important in this industry because of current low livestock prices, couples with the high cost of necessary inputs. Proper stocking rate is the most important single factor affecting sustained net returns from South Dakota rangeland. Stocking rates which are too light result in lowered income. In contrast, heavy grazing results in a damages resource and poorer range condition. Summarized here are 10 years of a continuing study, initiated in 1963 on experimental pastures of the Range and Livestock Experiment Station, Cottonwood, South Dakota. This study at the South Dakota State University Agricultural Experiment Station facility investigated effects of grazing intensity and range condition on water runoff and water economy of a western South Dakota range.
soil hydrology, Western South Dakota ranges, grazing intensity, soil erosion
South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Hanson, c. L.; Kuhlman, A. R.; and Lewis, J. K., "Effect of Grazing Intensity and Range Condition on Hydrology of Western South Dakota Ranges" (1978). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 652.