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‘Snowstorm’ Forage Kochia: A new species for rangeland rehabilitation
- Clements Charlie D., Blair L. Waldron, Kevin B. Jensen, Dan N. Harmon, Matt Jeffress
- Rangelands 2020 v.42 no.1 pp. 17-21
- Bassia prostrata, atmospheric precipitation, climatic factors, crude protein, edaphic factors, forage, forage production, livestock, rangeland restoration, rangelands, seed germination, soil-plant interactions, wildlife, wildlife habitats
- •Forage kochia is a perennial semi-shrub that can germinate and establish on a variety of soils and varying climate conditions that range from 127-686 mm of annual precipitation.•‘Snowstorm’ forage kochia, was released in 2012 as a rehabilitation species to improve forage production for livestock and wildlife.•‘Snowstorm’ forage kochia is more than 60% taller in stature, produces nearly 70% more forage, and has higher crude protein than ‘Immigrant’ forage kochia.•Overall, land managers believe that ‘Snowstorm’ forage kochia, with all its’ attributes of taller stature, increased forage and crude protein can enhance wildlife habitat.