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Nonstructural carbohydrate and digestibility patterns in orchardgrass swards during daily defoliation sequences initiated in evening and morning.

MANAGEMENT OF GRAZING SYSTEMS for high animal performance includes facilitation of high intakes of pasture dry matter (DM) by livestock. Constraints to grazing animal performance include sward structural and herbage compositional factors that determine rates and concentrations of dietary energy intake (Orr et al., 1997; Vazquez and Smith, 2000; Barrett et al., 2001). Herbage SC and digestibility concentrations, two indices of dietary energy density, usually vary diurnally according to daily patterns of photosynthesis, respiration, and translocation of SC. In temperate climates, herbage SC concentrations are generally highest in evening and lowest in morning (Holt and Hilst, 1969; Orr et al., 1997; Barrett et al., 2001). Herbage SC and digestibility concentrations also vary seasonally, with generally higher SC levels in spring and lower levels in summer or fall (Dent and Aldrich, 1963; Deinum et al., 1968; Delagarde et al., 2000). In contrast, high fall or winter SC levels are reported by Jung et al. (1974) and Mayland et al. (2000), while Radojevic et al. (1994) reported highest levels in late summer and lowest levels in winter. Herbage digestibility and SC levels also vary among genotypes (Dent and Aldrich, 1963; Wilson and Ford, 1973; Jung et al., 1976), growth stages (Jung et al., 1976; Fulkerson et al., 1998; Delagarde et al., 2000), plant parts (Terry and Tilley, 1964; Lechtenberg et al., 1971), and vertical horizons (Buxton and Marten, 1989; Delagarde et al., 2000) within cool-season grass and legume swards.

Experimental shading treatments and sampling across times of day, genotypes, stages of growth, and environmental conditions have shown positive associations between levels of herbage SC and feed preference (Fisher et al., 1999, 2002; Ciavarella et al., 2000; Mayland et al., 2000) and energy intake and livestock performance (Michell, 1973; Lee et al., 2000; Miller et al., 2001). Increased SC levels may also increase efficiency of rumen microbial protein synthesis and livestock N retention through improved balance or synchronization of energy and protein levels (Fulkerson et al., 1998; Lee et al., 2000; Miller et al., 2001). Timing of daily herbage allocation in rotationally stocked pastures affects diurnal patterns of leaf area reduction and may therefore affect the daily balance of sward photosynthetic gain and respiratory loss and energy intake by livestock. Interpretation of temporal SC patterns has led to suggestions that animal performance may be higher under afternoon or evening allocation of daily pasture area, relative to morning allocation (Lechtenberg et al., 1971; Delagarde et al., 2000; Orr et al., 2001). This increase would be a function of matching higher evening herbage DM (Orr et al., 1997, 2001; Gibbet al., 1998; Delagarde et al., 2000), SC, and digestibility levels with possibly higher evening intake rate or meal size (Orr et al. (1997) and 2001; Gibbet al., 1998; Barrett et al., 2001). In the last 4 wk of a 10-wk grazing trial comparing PM and AM allocation of daily herbage, milk production was 6% higher for dairy cattle in the PM treatment (Orr et al., 2001).

Dietary preferences and intake and performance improvements have been shown for relatively small increases in herbage SC levels associated with genotype, environment, or management (Fisher et al., 1999, 2002; Ciavarella et al., 2000; Orr et al., 2001). Diurnal cycling of SC and digestibility is widely reported for mechanically harvested forages and for herbage samples gathered during nongrazing periods or under the relatively steady state conditions of continuous stocking. Patterns have not been as clearly defined under the more dynamic conditions of daily sward depletion in rotationally stocked paddocks. Relationships between SC levels and livestock energy intake and performance have been developed largely with ryegrass (Lolium) species and only to a limited extent with orchardgrass. Our objective was to test the hypothesis that simulated evening allocation of daily herbage in a rotationally stocked orchardgrass pasture increases 24-h mean herbage TNC and digestibility levels relative to morning allocation.


Progressive utilization of a 24-h herbage allocation was simulated by clipping. Established pastures of irrigated orchardgrass were on an association of Greenson loam (fine-silty, mixed, mesic Aquic Calciustolls) and Nibley silty clay loam (fine, mixed, mesic Aquic Argiustolls) at Logan, UT (41[degrees]46' N, 111[degrees]50' W, 1406 m elevation) with adequate levels of soil water and fertility for high herbage production. Experimental periods were 12 through 13 Oct. 2000, 20 through 22 June 2001, and 16 through 17 Aug. 2001. Vegetative grass sampled in each period had regrown for approximately 3 to 4 wk to a lax sward height of approximately 40 cm following grazing by rotationally stocked cattle. Herbage mass to soil surface averaged approximately 5200, 5350, and 5320 kg DM [ha.sup.-1] at October, June, and August samplings, respectively. Sward height and herbage mass approached maximum levels normally encountered with rotationally stocked orchardgrass, but October sward conditions were representative of late-summer stockpiled forage. For consistency among periods, June and August sampling areas were selected for similarity of sward height and herbage mass with those of October. Cattle were absent during experimental periods. Treatments were a factorial arrangement of (A) sample types representing (i) progressive sward depletion over 24 h, or (ii) instantaneous removal of control samples every 6 h from areas not under progressive defoliation; and (B) 24-h defoliation sequences initiated at (i) 1900 h (PM) and (ii) 0700 h (AM) Mountain Daylight Saving time, in which successive horizons were removed at 6-h intervals (Fig. 1). In each period, plots were located in three 5- by 17-m randomized complete blocks. Portable guide rails were used to define clipping heights within sampling areas of 0.5 by 0.7 m. Different sets of plots were used for PM and AM sampling sequences.


In each 24-h defoliation sequence, 0.33 of current remaining sward height was removed every 6 h from each plot. Successive horizons were 40 to 27, 27 to 18, 18 to 12, and 12 to 8 cm above soil surface (Fig. 1). This proportional height reduction was consistent with observations of cattle bite depth as approximately 0.32 to 0.34 of tiller height under continuous (Barrett et al., 2001) and rotational stocking (Wade et al., 1989). Proportions of total herbage mass above an 8-cm stubble height for successively lower horizons averaged 0.31, 0.27, 0.23, and 0.19, respectively, in October and 0.27, 0.25, 0.25, and 0.23, respectively, in June and August. Residual herbage mass n 8 cm of stubble averaged 1580 kg DM [ha.sup.-1]. Successive horizons were clipped from nonadjacent paired plots such that a given horizon was sampled at the beginning of a 6-h interval of sward depletion from one plot and at the end of that interval from the other plot. The next horizon was then sampled from each paired plot 6 h later. This allowed estimation of mean herbage composition within each 6-h time interval, representing gradual sward depletion. Since PM and AM defoliation sequences were initiated 12 h apart, the duration of total sampling was 36 h in each period. Sampling began with the AM treatment in October and August, and with the PM treatment in June, according to logistics of labor availability.

Control herbage was clipped from intact sward areas in each block that were not under progressive defoliation, as composites of three-to-four random grab samples to an 8-cm residual height. Control samples were gathered to evaluate whether diurnal patterns of herbage composition in horizons of intact swards are representative of those in swards undergoing progressive defoliation. This approach was taken because reports of diurnal patterns of herbage SC and digestibility concentrations are often based on samples from intact swards that are clipped instantaneously to residual stubble height (Holt and Hilst, 1969; Lechtenberg et al., 1971; Miller et al., 2001), rather than on removal of successive horizons as occurs under grazing. Controls were sampled at the same times and sectioned into the same horizons as in defoliation sequences. Individual horizons within control samples were presumed to represent different energy balances among photosynthetic gain and respiratory loss during 24-h sampling periods than in corresponding horizons in defoliation sequences. These presumptions are based on differing leaf masses in intact swards than in those undergoing progressive defoliation.

Clipped samples were sealed in polyethylene bags, stored in a cooler with dry ice for up to 2 h, frozen (-9[degrees]C) and stored, lyophilized, and ground through an impact mill to pass a 1-mm screen. Spectra were obtained via near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) with a scanning monochromator (Mod. 5000, FOSS NIRSystems, Inc., Silver Spring, MD) from ground samples for prediction of chemical composition. Calibration samples were selected according to guidelines of Shenk and Westerhaus (1991) to represent the range and spectral distribution of the experimental material and were analyzed by reference wet chemistry procedures. Dry matter concentration was determined by overnight drying at 105[degrees]C. In vitro true DM digestibility (Goering and Van Soest, 1970) was determined in batch fermentation vessels (Ankom Technology Corp., Fairport, NY) by incubating samples in filter bags for 48 h at 38 to 39[degrees]C in rumen fluid and artificial saliva with addition of urea (Schmid et al., 1969). Rumen fluid was obtained from a cannulated mature Hereford steer fed alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) hay. In the second stage of the IVTDMD procedure, indigestible residues were refluxed in neutral detergent solution (Van Soest and Robertson, 1980) in a batch processor (Ankom Technology Corp., Fairport, NY). Neutral detergent solution was prepared with 2-ethoxyethanol and without decalin, amylase, and sodium sulfite. Total nonstructural carbohydrates were analyzed according to Smith (1969) using amyloglucosidase to digest starch to glucose, sulfuric acid to hydrolyze soluble sugars to reducing sugars, and titration to determine concentration. Sample composition was predicted via NIRS equations developed with modified partial least squares regression according to guidelines of Shenk and Westerhaus (1991). Summary statistics for NIRS calibration and cross-validation (Table 1) are comparable with those of Fisher et al. (1999, 2002) and Welle et al. (2003) for SC concentration and DM digestibility.

Weighted means for combined control horizons, i.e., reconstituted swards, were plotted at each sampling time (Fig. 2). Weighted means were sums of individual horizon compositional levels multiplied by their respective proportions of sward mass. Means for sequentially lower horizons in defoliation sequences and controls are plotted in Fig. 3 and 4 at midpoints (0400, 1000, 1600, and 2200 h) between sampling times to represent gradual depletion by grazing. Plotted values therefore represent a combination of responses to time of day, horizon position, and defoliation schedule. Levels of TNC and IVTDMD in the initial and final 6 h of each 24-h sequence, and as 24-h means weighted for proportional mass of each horizon, were compared among sample types (defoliation sequences vs. controls) and defoliation schedules (PM vs. AM initiation) by analysis of variance with the GLM procedure of SYSTAT, vet. 10 (SPSS, 2000). Sampling periods were treated as repeated measures. The significance of effects of sampling periods and their interactions with treatments was tested with residual error (12 dr) after partitioning sums of squares among periods and interactions of periods with blocks and treatments. Because of limited power of testing within each period (6 error df), effects were considered significant at P [less than or equal to] 0.15. Subsequent references to significant effects assume this level unless otherwise indicated. Daily environmental conditions during the 24 h before, and within, each sampling period are summarized in Table 2.



Environmental conditions varied from near freezing and overcast with little diurnal temperature variation in October to high irradiance, temperatures, and daily temperature variation in June and August (Table 2). Midday photosynthetic photon flux densities in October, June, and August were 264 to 333, 1892 to 1943, and 1355 to 1372 [micro]mol [m.sup.-2] [s.sup.-1], respectively. Treatments were confounded with possible differences in environmental conditions for PM and AM treatments within a period, but these variations were small.

Seasonal Variation and Patterns in Intact Swards

Herbage TNC and digestibility levels (initial, final, and 24-h mean) differed among periods (P < 0.01). Interactions of period by sample type (defoliation sequence vs. control) occurred for all variables (P < 0.03) except final and 24-h mean TNC levels. Interaction of period by defoliation sequence (PM vs. AM) occurred for initial and final TNC and initial digestibility levels (P < 0.05). Interaction of period by sample type by defoliation sequence occurred only for final digestibility level (P = 0.14). Results are therefore presented by period in tables and figures. Weighted herbage TNC and digestibility concentrations in combined control horizons varied diurnally and seasonally (Fig. 2a and 2b), with highest diurnal levels in PM and highest seasonal levels in October. Seasonal differences in TNC were consistent with patterns reported for orchardgrass (Dent and Aldrich, 1963; Jung et al., 1974) and other cool-season grasses (Delagarde et al., 2000; Mayland et al., 2000; Miller et al., 2001). Digestibility levels in control samples followed the same general seasonal trend as TNC levels, Seasonal differences between TNC and digestibility levels may have been in response to temperature regimes, as shown by Deinum et al. (1968) and Wilson and Ford (1973). Digestibility and TNC levels of individual control horizons were not strongly associated within periods ([r.sup.2] = 0.13, 0.06, and 0.24 during October, June, and August, respectively; n = 84 each). This is consistent with other reports of similar patterns between herbage digestibility and SC levels on a diurnal scale, but weaker associations across growth stages and environmental conditions that vary among seasons (Dent and Aldrich, 1963; Michell, 1973; Humphreys, 1989).

Herbage TNC Levels in Defoliation Sequences

Herbage TNC levels fluctuated diurnally and seasonally during sward depletion (Fig. 3a-3c). Treatment patterns in October varied from those in June and August, however. In the AM sequence in all periods, TNC concentration for successively lower horizons increased during daylight, even under low irradiance, then leveled or decreased at night. In the PM sequence, TNC levels increased continuously throughout sward depletion in October, whereas in June and August they decreased in the dark as expected, then continued to decrease or increased only slightly in the light. Absence of TNC accumulation during the light in the PM defoliation sequence in June and August may have been a reflection of lower photosynthetic capacity of older leaves in the lower sward horizons, although few sampled leaves were chlorotic or visibly senescing. Increasing TNC concentration throughout sward depletion in the October PM sequence may have been a reflection of a vertical TNC gradient, low respiratory losses during the dark, or daytime carbohydrate translocation to lower horizons or daughter tillers. Higher herbage SC concentration in lower horizons has been shown for orchardgrass by Davies (1976) and Buxton and Marten (1989), while McGilloway et al. (1999) observed no vertical gradient of SC level and Delagarde et al. (2000) observed decreasing concentrations of SC in lower horizons of ryegrass except in October. Patterns of TNC in control horizons were often unrepresentative of those in the defoliation treatments, particularly in lowest horizons during the last 6 h of sampling sequences. This may be a reflection of differing diurnal profiles of TNC synthesis and metabolism in response to differing leaf masses.

During sward depletion, herbage TNC concentrations differed in a number of cases between defoliation sequences and from corresponding controls in initial, final, and 24-h mean levels (Table 3). Levels in the initial or final 6 h of sampling, or both, were higher for PM than for AM sequences in some periods, but 24-h mean TNC levels differed only in August, when PM level exceeded AM level by 12 g [kg.sup.-1]. Sample types (defoliation sequences vs. controls) also differed with respect to initial, final, or both TNC levels in each period, but differences were not consistently associated with PM or AM sampling. Differences in initial TNC levels for PM and AM sampling sequences were opposite between defoliation sequences and controls (Table 3). These findings reinforce the dissimilarity of diurnal TNC patterns among samples from defoliation sequences and corresponding horizons in intact swards as shown in Fig. 3.

Bulk density of control sample horizons increased with sward depth, as shown by others (McGilloway et al., 1999; Delagarde et al., 2000; Barrett et al., 2001). Bulk densities were 0.9, 1.1, 1.4, and 1.7 mg DM [cm.sup.-3], respectively, for successively lower horizons in October, and 0.8, 1.0, 1.6, and 2.2 mg DM [cm.sup.-3] for these horizons in June and August. In spite of increasing bulk density in lower horizons, intake rate of grazing animals would tend to be limited by sward height toward the ends of defoliation sequences (McGilloway et al., 1999; Barrett et al., 2001). Differences among TNC levels in PM and AM sequences in depleted swards would therefore probably have less impact on animal performance than differences in initial TNC level, which were higher in the PM sequence by 38 and 59 g [kg.sup.-1] in June and August, respectively. If defoliation sequences had been terminated at taller residual heights, or livestock consume evening forage at higher rates than simulated in our study, 24-h mean TNC intake could differ more among defoliation sequences than we observed. While our simulation assumes a constant proportional rate of sward height reduction, intake rates and meal sizes for cattle or sheep can be greater in afternoon or evening than in morning (Orr et al., 1997, 2001; Gibb et al., 1998; Barrett et al., 2001). Barrett et al. (2001) observed no difference in dairy cattle intake rates across daily grazing time, but the evening post-milking meal was longer than the morning post-milking meal and comprised 0.34 of total daily grazing time. Similarly, Orr et al. (2001) observed a longer evening meal for dairy cattle on PM daily herbage allocation than on AM allocation, and found that although total daily DM intake was similar under PM and AM herbage allocation, intake between 1645 and 0745 h comprised 0.88 of daily total for cattle receiving PM allocations and only 0.32 for cattle on AM allocation.

Herbage Digestibility in Defoliation Sequences and Relationships with TNC

Herbage digestibility patterns varied seasonally in defoliation sequences and control samples (Fig. 4a-4c). In contrast with TNC patterns, digestibility displayed only minor diurnal variation and decreased rather steadily with sward depletion in PM and AM sequences. As with TNC levels, digestibility patterns in June and August differed from those in October, in that October levels dropped less steeply and extensively. Divergence in diurnal patterns among samples from defoliation sequences and control horizons was not as great as for TNC. Digestibility patterns were not parallel, nor strongly associated, with TNC levels in defoliation sequences ([r.sup.2] = 0.07, 0.38, and 0.32 during October, June, and August, respectively; n = 48 each) or corresponding control horizons ([r.sup.2] = 0.07,0.04, and 0.18 during October, June, and August, respectively; n = 48 each), as was also observed with reconstituted swards of combined control horizons ([r.sup.2] = 0.01, 0.20, and 0.30 during October, June, and August, respectively; n = 21 each). Initial, final, or both digestibility levels over 24 h were higher for PM than for AM sequences (Table 3), but 24-h mean digestibility differences between treatments were only 11 and 4 g [kg.sup.-1] in October and June, respectively, and treatments did not vary in August. At least one measure of digestibility also varied among samples from defoliation sequences and control horizons in each period, but differences associated with PM or AM sampling were inconsistent. Decreasing herbage digestibility throughout defoliation sequences is consistent with other observations of reduced digestibility in lower horizons (Davies, 1976; Delagarde et al., 2000).


Small or insignificant differences between mean TNC and digestibility levels during 24-h defoliation sequences do not directly support our hypothesis of higher daily energy intake for PM than for AM herbage allocation. Possible diurnal differences in intake rate and meal size reported by others offer an alternative explanation for a livestock performance advantage for PM herbage allocation. This could result from higher initial TNC and digestibility levels for PM than for AM daily herbage allocation, in conjunction with higher intake rate, longer grazing periods, or larger evening meal size for sheep and cattle than we simulated.

Levels of TNC in control samples from intact swards displayed diurnal patterns similar to those reported by others for samples from mechanical harvesting or gathered during non-grazing periods or under continuous stocking. They were often not representative, however, of patterns during 24-h sward depletion. Additional work with pasture species and defoliation schedules will be required for clearer definition of management impacts on the temporal dynamics of energy intake by grazing animals. Caution should be used in predicting diurnal TNC patterns under rotational stocking on the basis of those in intact swards.
Table 1. Calibration and cross-validation results for NIRS analysis of
TNC and IVTDMD concentrations in orchardgrass herbage.

Variable    n           Range        Math transformation

                   g kg D[M.sup.-1]

TNC         143          13-212       2,4,4 ([dagger])
IVTDMD      142         739-954       1,4,4


Variable   SEC ([double dagger])   [R.sup.2]

            g kg D[M.sup.-1]

TNC               6.2                0.98
IVTDMD            9.2                0.96


Variable      SECV ([section])    1-VR ([parallle])

              g kg D[M.sup.-1]

TNC                  7.8                0.97
IVTDMD              12.7                0.93

([dagger]) Order of the derivative of log 1/R, number of 2-nm data
points over which the derivative is calculated, and number of data
points used in a running smooth, respectively.

([double dagger]) Standard error of calibration.

([section]) Standard error of cross-validation.

([paragraph]) Proportion of variation in laboratory values
accounted for in cross-validation.

Table 2. Environmental conditions during 24 h (i) preceding and (ii)
within each orchardgrass defoliation sequence at N. Logan, UT. Daily
means for air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, and
cloud cover are of hourly values.

                                                   Air temperature

Initial date   24h period     Sunrise   Sunset   Max.   Min.   Mean

                                  h (MDT)            [degrees]C

11 Oct. 2000   AM prior        0735      1851     8.0   -0.3    3.8
11 Oct. 2000   PM prior                          10.9   -0.3    3.9
12 Oct. 2000   AM treatment    0737      1850    10.9    0.9    6.2
12 Oct. 2000   PM treatment                       9.1    4.2    6.1
19 June 2001   PM prior        0552      2105    29.6    9.0   19.6
20 June 2001   AM prior                          29.6   11.8   20.8
20 June 2001   PM treatment                      31.5   11.8   21.9
21 June 2001   AM treatment    0553      2106    31.5   11.8   22.8
15 Aug. 2001   AM prior        0636      2027    28.0   12.5   20.7
15 Aug. 2001   PM prior                          33.0   12.5   22.2
16 Aug. 2001   AM treatment    0637      2025    33.0   13.5   23.0
16 Aug. 2001   PM treatment                      34.6   13.5   23.9

                                    temp.         Relative    Total
Initial date   24h period     ([double dagger])   humidity   precip.

                                 [degrees]C          %         mm

11 Oct. 2000   AM prior             10.8            91.9       5.8
11 Oct. 2000   PM prior                             87.7       3.6
12 Oct. 2000   AM treatment          8.6            81.3       5.8
12 Oct. 2000   PM treatment                         83.5      10.8
19 June 2001   PM prior             16.9            36.7       0.0
20 June 2001   AM prior                             36.7       0.0
20 June 2001   PM treatment                         37.6       0.0
21 June 2001   AM treatment         17.5            37.9       0.0
15 Aug. 2001   AM prior             22.8            49.3       0.7
15 Aug. 2001   PM prior                             46.0       0.0
16 Aug. 2001   AM treatment         21.4            39.1       0.0
16 Aug. 2001   PM treatment                         35.0       0.0

                                      Solar           Cloud
Initial date   24h period     radiation ([section])   cover

                                  W [m.sup.-2]          %

11 Oct. 2000   AM prior                 78             99
11 Oct. 2000   PM prior                 73             85
12 Oct. 2000   AM treatment             73             85
12 Oct. 2000   PM treatment             49             97
19 June 2001   PM prior                362              0
20 June 2001   AM prior                361              0
20 June 2001   PM treatment            362              0
21 June 2001   AM treatment            359              0
15 Aug. 2001   AM prior                173             21
15 Aug. 2001   PM prior                289              6
16 Aug. 2001   AM treatment            289              7
16 Aug. 2001   PM treatment            285              5

([dagger]) 2 m above soil surface.

([double dagger]) 10 cm below soil surface, recorded daily at 0800 h.

([section]) Incoming sun plus sky, 400-1100 nm.

Table 3. Herbage TNC and IVTDMD concentrations in orchardgrass swards
during 24-h defoliation sequences initiated at 1900 (PM) and 0700 h
(AM) and in corresponding control horizons. Weighted means are of
sequentially lower horizons throughout 24 h, while initial and final
levels are for the top horizon (40-27 cm) during the first 6 h and
bottom horizon (12-8 cm) during the last 6 h of each defoliation


                               24-h mean     Initial       Final
Period and treatment
                                        g kg [DM.sup.-1]

12-13 October
  PM defoliation sequence      138          105          192
  AM defoliation sequence      132           94          148
  PM control sequence          137           97          202
  AM control sequence          140          104          185
  Mean (SE)                    137 (4.3)    100 (3.7)    182 (11.1)
  P ([dagger]), sample type
    ([double dagger])            0.49         0.73         0.08#
  P, defoliation sequence        0.79         0.62         0.03#
  P, type x sequence             0.33         0.05#        0.26
20-22 June
  PM defoliation sequence       93          131           71
  AM defoliation sequence       88           93           71
  PM control sequence           92          114          105
  AM control sequence           86           79          103
  Mean (SE)                     90 (4.2)    104 (4.5)     88 (7.6)
  P, sample type                 0.73         0.02#       <0.01#
  P, defoliation sequence        0.29        <0.01#        0.89
  P, type x sequence             0.91         0.77         0.91
16-17 August
  PM defoliation sequence       72          106           57
  AM defoliation sequence       60           47           41
  PM control sequence           66           96           69
  AM control sequence           53           74           58
  Mean (SE)                     63 (4.5)     74 (3.4)     56 (3.8)
  P, sample type                0.20         0.10#         0.01#
  P, defoliation sequence       0.04#       <0.01#         0.01#
  P, type x sequence            0.92         0.35          0.51


                               24-h mean     Initial       Final
Period and treatment
                                        g kg [DM.sup.-1]

12-13 October
  PM defoliation sequence      909          919          890
  AM defoliation sequence      898          912          861
  PM control sequence          900          912          887
  AM control sequence          894          910          881
  Mean (SE)                    900 (3.4)    913 (2.3)    880 (9.5)
  P ([dagger]), sample type
    ([double dagger])            0.12#        0.06#        0.39
  P, defoliation sequence        0.05#        0.11#        0.12#
  P, type x sequence             0.49         0.35          0.26
20-22 June
  PM defoliation sequence      865          924          807
  AM defoliation sequence      861          915          800
  PM control sequence          882          923          848
  AM control sequence          864          920          825
  Mean (SE)                    868 (4.7)    921 (4.1)    820 (8.6)
  P, sample type                 0.08#        0.61         0.01#
  P, defoliation sequence        0.07#        0.18         0.12#
  P, type x sequence             0.21         0.50         0.36
16-17 August
  PM defoliation sequence      859          915          806
  AM defoliation sequence      855          892          806
  PM control sequence          845          897          813
  AM control sequence          848 (5.4)    879          806
  Mean (SE)                      0.02#      896 (4.8)    808 (4.9)
  P, sample type                 0.02         0.02#        0.50
  P, defoliation sequence        0.20         0.01#        0.50
  P, type x sequence             0.56       0.63           0.47

Note: Values with # are significant at P [less than or equal to] 0.15.

([dagger]) Significance level of test. Values in italic are significant
at P [less than or equal to] 0.15.

([double dagger]) Samples are horizons from defoliation sequences or
intact swards.


Contributions of Ellen Leonard, Susan Buffler, Lisa Mace, and Mary Shepherd are gratefully acknowledged.


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Thomas C. Griggs, * Jennifer W. MacAdam, Henry F. Mayland, and Joseph C. Burns

T.C. Griggs and J.W. MacAdam, Dep. of Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology, Utah State Univ., 4820 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-4820; H.F. Mayland, USDA-ARS Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research Lab., Kimberly, ID 83341-5076; and J.C Burns, USDA-ARS Plant Science Research Unit, and Depts. of Crop Science and Animal Science, Room 1119, Box 7620, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC 27695-7620. This research was supported by the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station and USDA-ARS, Kimberly, ID and Raleigh, NC. Approved as journal paper no. 7583. Received 24 Nov. 2003. * Corresponding author (
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