Incorporation of soil quality indicators into rangeland monitoring programs in Mexico and the US

TitleIncorporation of soil quality indicators into rangeland monitoring programs in Mexico and the US
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsHerrick JE, Royo M., Baez A., Melgoza A., Huenneke L., Van Zee JW, de Soyza A.G., Whitford WG, Havstad K
Conference NameAnnual Meeting, American Society of Agronomy
Date PublishedOctober 18-22, 1
Conference LocationBaltimore, MD
ARIS Log Number099043
AbstractThe condition of rangelands is reflected in interactions between soil and vegetation However, soil indicators are rarely incorporated into rangeland monitoring programs High cost and problems associated with generalizing from samples from a single profile are frequently cited reasons. Recently developed rapid field indicators of soil surface stability, compaction and infiltration capacity were evaluated together with vegetation in a variety of rangeland ecosystems in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Soil measurements were completed at a minimum of 12 points at each monitoring site. Indicators derived from all three measurements complemented vegetation-based parameters, although not all indicators were appropriate for all sites Stratification by vegetative cover generally reduced the number of measurements required Based on the results and related work, decision trees were developed to aid selection of appropriate type and number of measurements.