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Robel pole technique and data interpretation

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Publication #: MP-111.10
Date Published: 06/01/2008

Publication Author(s):
Michael A. Smith

Description:
The Robel pole technique of measuring residual forage after grazing has received considerable attention. Unfortunately, the use of any tool may sometimes result in outcomes unfavorable to some. To separate the method from outcomes, explaining Robel pole data collection and interpretation is useful.The Robel pole only measures the biomass of vegetation present at the time of measurement. It is consistent, reliable, cost effective, and covers a large area in a short amount of time if established procedure is followed. The Robel pole is generally not applicable to areas with low productivity, such as many Bureau of Land Management lands or where shrubs are abundant. Calibrating this measurement to local vegetation, proper selection of key areas, and developing site specific guidelines when used as a grazing use assessment tool are essential for effective management applications.


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