"The monitoring kit that we provide our members contains a Keson fiberglass long tape that the rancher will use to create a transect line in the field that spans about 50 yards," said Ron Bolze, state coordinator, NGLC.
said the goal is to measure what is there, and preferably to improve the grass species composition over time.
"In most cases, ranchers are managing to create more warm-season species (i.e., big bluestem , little bluestem, switchgrass , Indiangrass )," Bolze
"Those grasses, for the western two-thirds of the state, are the most productive, and offer the most cattle gain."
And that is the ultimate goal: improve cattle gains.
is part of the national Grazing Land Conservation Initiative , receives funding support from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
, and has been providing technical assistance to farmers and ranchers since 1991.
said the NGLC
has been using Keson's OTR Fiberglass Long Tapes for years because there is no need to even consider an alternative solution as part of its professional monitoring kit.