Broad-scale Impacts of Plant Response to Fire
In most prescribed burning studies prairie dropseed was shown to
increase in flower production, height, and cover. It has been described
as an increaser following spring or winter fires . Following an
April wildfire in Wisconsin, flower production increased by 25 times,
cover by 30 times, and average plant height by 4 inches (10 cm) .
Other studies on the effects of prescribed burning have shown similar
results [3,10]. Prairie dropseed appears to increase when burned during
winter and spring and decrease when burned during summer or fall [2,16].
Annual fires are less beneficial to prairie dropseed than fires
conducted every 2 to 3 years .
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- 2. Aldous, A. E. 1934. Effect of burning on Kansas bluestem pastures. Tech. Bull. 38. Manhattan, KS: Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, Agricultural Experiment Station. 65 p. 
- 3. Becker, Donald A. 1989. Five years of annual prairie burns. In: Bragg, Thomas A.; Stubbendieck, James, eds. Prairie pioneers: ecology, history and culture: Proceedings, 11th North American prairie conference; 1988 August 7-11; Lincoln, NE. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska: 163-168. 
- 7. Dix, Ralph L.; Butler, John E. 1954. The effects of fire on a dry, thinsoil prairie in Wisconsin. Journal of Range Management. 7: 265-268. 
- 10. Ehrenreich, John H.; Aikman, John M. 1963. An ecological study of the effect on certain management practices on native prairie in Iowa. Ecological Monographs. 33(2): 113-130. 
- 16. Gibson, David J. 1989. Hulbert's study of factors effecting botanical composition of tallgrass prairie. In: Bragg, Thomas B.; Stubbendieck, James, eds. Prairie pioneers: ecology, history and culture: Proceedings, 11th North American prairie conference; 1988 August 7-11; Lincoln, NE. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska: 115-133. 
- 17. Glenn-Lewin, David C.; Johnson, Louise A.; Jurik, Thomas W.; [and others]
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