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Warm and Cool Season Plant Diversity, Hamilton Native Outpost

Warm & Cool Season Plant Diversity

Elizabeth Steele explains how the layering effect improves the growth and carbon dioxide capture of cool season plants.  She also discusses how carbon dioxide concentrations can be higher at ground level, which benefits plants.  This talk will appeal to anyone interested in how plants work together in an ecosystem or pasture. 

This talk was given as part Hamilton Native Outpost’s 2020 field day. Every year Hamilton Native Outpost has a field day to share knowledge of native plants.  This year the topic was “Diversity of Plants: Stronger Together than Alone.”  Speakers discussed the C-value system, how animals benefit from grazing a diversity of plants, how cool and warm season plants are better together in the same field for sunlight and carbon dioxide capture, the importance of biochar to soils, diversity of roots in a diverse native grassland, and creating a native silvopasture.  While this field day was focused on forages, the topics covered appeal to many interest areas.

Other Videos from the Field Day

A diversity of plants is stronger together than alone was the theme from the 2020 field day. Watch more videos from this day:

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