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Ar ['owe flif. e sh er 1968. Favorable growing condi- tions in the fall of 1967 and above-normal precipitation in June 1968 coupled with complete rest resulted in a strong increase in amount of western wheatgrass in the moderately grazed pastures by mid-summer af 1968. Im- provement in the ~heavily graxed pastures, however, was slow or Warren T. Ferrell negligible, according to Lewis. County Agen~ On most western South Dakota Range Depletion Causes ranges, mid-grasses must be main- tHeavy grazing isn'~t always to rained or be permitted ~to build up blame when it comes to range again for best range management, depletion, the Agricultural Experiment Sh,- Range may also deteriorate un- tion range management special- der moderate and ligh,t stocking ist said. They are cool season rates during drought or when grasses which, added to the warm distribution of precipitation is season shortgrasses, provide a poor, says James K. Lewis, South longer green grazing season. The Daketa State University animal 6-month summer grazing season scientist, at Cottonwood is from kMay to Lewis, reporting on observa- November and approximate 10-, lions of 25 years of changes in 15-and 20-acre (heavy, moderate native range due :to different and light)per cow grazing intcn- grazing intensities, told visitors sities have been used. at S.,D.S.U.'s 12th annual Beef Lewis warned producers not to Cattle Field Day that economical be deceived by cattle gain-per- range recovery requires cool se~- acre which is sometimes higher son deferment or perhaps mec- on heavily grazed pastures, es- anical treatment when de.pletion pecially during wet years. "We is severe Very light use or have noted that the advan;tage of complete seasonal rest may some- heavy grazing in gain per acre times be indicated for range re- is declining as the range deteri- eovery. Under conditions at the Range Field Station near Cottonwood in Jackson county where a tight shortgrass sod has become estab- lished, stu(iies show that mech- orates throug the years," he add- ed. "Gain per acre should be equated with net ranch income because the livestock-connected costs, cost of range deteriora:tiou and product values are not con- anical ,treatments such as con- sidered. In dry years average tour furrows, pitting ripping or daily gains ,were much greater at discing coupled with'cool season lighter stocking rates and gain deferment will speed range ira- per acre was lowest in the hear. t)rovement. However, Lewisily grazed pastures." .Pointed out, if the amount of an ]mrportant, desirable grass spe- cies ('western wheatgrass, for ex- ample) is too low i:t may be nec. essary to seed this grass back to secure rapid range improvement. At Cottonwood, experimental ranges were not stocked during Lewis acknowledged that prop. er range management is not easy and is far from cheap - although it ,pays off in the long run. "We're at the place ~here we've got to put a little more 'money' in the 'range bank' to boost our balance or we're going to end up .with an ........ ,am Welcome spring in the look you love tailored to perfection. Our collection is the freshest and prettiest in town., and in the most marvelous of colors. The look of Spring in our new DRESSES BLOUSES SUITS SLACKS P Ph.283.2082 Sundance even more expensive overdraft southern border in Carbon coun- of a depleted na,tural resource," ty. he concluded. Oaks of Wyoming Two oak trees occur in Wyo- they are seldom planted. ming, one in the northeast corn- or, which is Bur Oak; the other, Gambel Oak, is found along the ,Both of these trees are worthy of cultivation, but apparently, The chief disadvantage of ~these trees ~as ornamentals is their slow growth. Very young oak leaves, especi- ally if frosted, have been known to cause poisoning of cattle, and their tough leathery leaves some- times cause digestive troubh,; but deer utilize oak for brow~e extensively. & Box Springs Twin or Full Size, Reg. $79.50 or r r~ SAMSON I ! E n' Tote Bag Cocktail, Coffee, Lamp /4-1/3 QUILTED Entire Stock Roll End and Cut Pieces Full Rolls In Stock /4-I/3 Greatly Reduced For This Clearance Large Selection O Large Selection /4-1/2 OFF Of Colors and Styles DRASTICALLY REDUCED FOR, TltIS SALE