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Forages, Volume 1: An Introduction to Grassland Agriculture, 6th Edition

Robert F. Barnes (Editor), C. Jerry Nelson (Editor), Michael Collins (Editor), Kenneth J. Moore (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-8138-0421-7
576 pages
January 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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The sixth edition of Forages, Volume I, highlights plant adaptation and the complexity of forage management by integrating soil, climate, and herbivory factors with production goals.
This exceptional sourcebook has been extensively reconfigured to address the needs of today's undergraduate student and provide a foundation for problem solving and decision making in forage management. Sidebars and study questions will aid student review and comprehension. Forages teachers themselves, authors from across the continental United States provide broad, national coverage of key species and management practices in a framework of comparative analysis.

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Table of Contents

Contributing Authors.


The Metric System.


1. Forages and Grasslands in a Changing World (Robert F. Barnes and C. Jerry Nelson).

2. Structure and Morphology of Grasses (Lowell E. Moser and C. Jerry Nelson).

3. Structure and Morphology of Legumes and Other Forbs (Robert B. Mitchell and C. Jerry Nelson).

4. Physiology of Forage Plants (Jennifer W. MacAdam and C. Jerry Nelson).

5. Environmental Aspects of Forage Management (Jeffrey J. Volenec and C. Jerry Nelson).

6. Grasses for Northern Areas (John A. Balasko and C. Jerry Nelson).

7. Grasses for Southern Areas (Darren D. Redfearn and C. Jerry Nelson).

8. Legumes for Northern Areas (Robert L. McGraw and C. Jerry Nelson).

9. Legumes for Southern Areas (Lynn E. Sollenberger and Michael Collins).

10. Forbs (Danny H. Smith and Michael Collins).

Compendium of Common Forages, Following (Kenneth J. Moore).


11. Forage Establishment (Dennis R. Cosgrove and Michael Collins).

12. Forage Fertilization and Nutrient Management (David J. Barker and Michael Collins).

13. Integrated Pest Management in Forages (Gary W. Fick, William O. Lamp, and Michael Collins).

14. Naturalized Grassland Ecosystems and Their Management (Charles P. West and C. Jerry Nelson).

15. Forage Improvement and Seed Production (Darrell A. Miller and C. Jerry Nelson).


16. Forage Quality (Michael Collins and John O. Fritz).

17. Forage Utilization (Charles T. Dougherty and Michael Collins).

18. Forage-Related Animal Disorders (Michael Collins and David B. Hannaway).

19. Preservation of Forage as Hay and Silage (Michael Collins and Vance N. Owens).

20. Grazing Management Systems (Vivien G. Allen and Michael Collins).

Appendix: Common and Botanical Names of Forages.



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Author Information

Robert F. Barnes is Executive Vice President Emeritus of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America in Madison, Wisconsin. He received his BS degree from Iowa State University, MS degree from Rutgers University and PhD from Purdue University. He served in the USDA, Agricultural Research Service, researching the development and application of forage evaluation methods. He has served as an editor of Forages since the 3rd edition in 1973.

C. Jerry Nelson is Curator's Professor of Argonomy University of Missouri. He received BS and MS degrees from hte Unviersity of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He teaches an orientation course for freshmen, a cours in crop physiology and advises graduate students. He researches growth of grasses and persistence of legumes.

Michael Collins is Professor of Agronomy, University of Kentucky, Lexington. He received his BS degree from Berea College, MS degree from West Virginia University and the PhD from the University o Kentucky. He teaches an upper-level undergraduate/graduate course on forage management and utilization and advises graduate students. His research is on forage management and postharvest physiology of hay and silage with emphasis on forage quality.

Kenneth J. Moore is Professor of Agronomy, Iowa State University. He received his BS degree from Arizona State University and MS and PhD from Purdue University. He has taught graduate level courses on field plot technique and design, pasture and grazing management, and forage quality and utilization. He advices graduate students and conducts research on pasture management and ecology.

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The Wiley Advantage

* increased coverage of plant morphology
* additional material on ecological and environmental factors
* greater emphasis on grassland ecology, pasture management, forage quality, forbs as components of grassland systems
* economic interpretations and social constraints to point out practicality
* an easy-reference full-colour appendix of forage species
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