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SS-AGR-434: Estimating Herbage Mass on Pastures to Adjust Stocking Rate

Figure 1. Techniques of forage evaluation. A) Quadrat to harvest forage samples. B) Disk-meter to measure canopy height for correlating with herbage mass and hand-plucked samples for nutritive value. C) Ruler to measure canopy height. Note that, when using the plate meter, the plate has to be raised to the top of the disk rod before dropping to obtain consistent readings.

Credit: Liza Garcia, UF/IFAS