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Forage Mixtures to Minimize Deer Damage

Study Description

Plots of alfalfa, timothy, orchardgrass, and alfalfa-timothy or orchardgrass mixtures in 3:1, 2:2, and 1:3 alfalfa to grass row arrangements were established within areas protected (with fencing) or unprotected from deer feeding. Forage from these plots was harvested three and four times in 1995 and 1996, respectively, and dry matter yield, percentage of alfalfa and grass, and forage quality were determined. Economic evaluation of each treatment was made based on the value of the harvested forage and the differential costs associated with production.