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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1972. Department of Agronomy.


Copyright 1972, the author. Used by permission.


In 1971 an estimated 2,644,000 acres of winter wheat were planted in Nebraska. Although most of this was planted as a grain crop, part of it was used to a certain extent in a grazing program. Winter wheat can be grazed early in the season to supplement native pasture. Use of an annual crop such as winter wheat can be of benefit to both livestock and native pasture. However, little information is available on the feasibility of selecting winter wheat varieties that are superior in forage quality.

In this study ten varieties of winter wheat (Triticum vulgare) and one variety of triticale (durum wheat/rye cross) were sampled season-long to measure varietal and seasonal differences of in vitro dry matter digestibility, crude protein, acid detergent fiber, permanganate lignin, cellulose, and insoluble ash.

Advisor: Donald F. Burzlaff