University of California

Legumes show success on Central Coast rangeland


William H. Weitkamp
Walter L. Graves

Authors Affiliations

W.H. Weitkamp is Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, San Luis Obispo County; W.L. Graves is Farm Advisor, Emeritus, UCCE, San Bernardino County.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 52(3):37-40. DOI:10.3733/ca.v052n03p37. May 1998.

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Improvements for rangeland and ley farming systems must be economical and long-lasting if they are to be used by ranchers in low-rainfall areas of California. Commercial and research seedings of annual legumes dating back to the 1970s and 1980s prove that certain medic varieties can be established economically and will remain productive for decades on rangelands with neutral to basic soils. In a 12-year variety trial conducted in eastern San Luis Obispo County, 13 of 18 medics survived.

Further reading

George MR, Adams TE, Clawson WJ. Seeded Range Plants of California, University of California Cooperative Extension Leaflet 21344. 1983. 23.

Phillips DA, Williams WA. Range-legume Inoculation and Nitrogen Fixation by Root-nodule Bacteria. University of California Agricultural Experiments Station Bulletin 1842 1987. 13.

Weitkamp B. Planting and Managing Range Legumes and Grasses in San Luis Obispo County. San Luis Obispo. California; University of California Cooperative Extension Range Management Fact Sheet 1993. 4.

Weitkamp B, Graves W. Annual medics for range and grain lands. Range Science Report No. 9. Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis, California 1987. 6.

Weitkamp W, Graves W. 1998. Legumes show success on Central Coast rangeland. Hilgardia 52(3):37-40. DOI:10.3733/ca.v052n03p37
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