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Book: Tall Fescue for the Twenty-first Century
Published by: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America

 

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  1.  p. 489-507
    Agronomy Monographs 53.
    Tall Fescue for the Twenty-first Century

    H.A. Fribourg, D.B. Hannaway and C.P. West (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-185-9

     

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doi:10.2134/agronmonogr53.c28

Conservation: Erosion Control, Soil Management and Remediation, and Effects on Wildlife Habitat

  1. Richard E. Joost
  1. Production Research, United Soybean Board, St. Louis, Missouri

Abstract

Abstract

Tall fescue [Lolium arundinaceum (Schreb.) Darbysh.] is an excellent choice for providing ground cover to prevent erosion and enhance water conservation, thanks to its wide adaptation and ease of establishment. Its dense sod and deep root system slow water runoff and improve infiltration. Its ability to cycle nutrients effectively and to accumulate heavy metals makes it a viable choice for phytoremediation applications. These same characteristics make the species an important contributor to soil development and a valuable component of carbon sequestration in grasslands. Although tall fescue may not be an ideal wildlife cover, it can be managed for use by diverse animal species. For these reasons this important grass species will continue to play a major role in conservation practices.

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Copyright © 2009. American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, 5585 Guilford Road, Madison, WI 53711-5801, USA. Tall Fescue for the Twenty-first Century. H.A. Fribourg, D.B. Hannaway, and C.P. West (ed.)