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Farmers must respond to variations in weather almost every growing season. In the coming years though, farmers may be faced with unprecedented climate change. New climate patterns and more extreme drought may become the norm in response to rising global temperatures and carbon dioxide concentrations (Solomon et al. 2007). The rising cost of fertilizers and other inputs are a growing concern as well. To deal with these issues, forage-livestock producers may want to look toward using alternative forages like native warm-season grasses (NWSG).
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
July 19, 2013