Is It Residual or Is It Residue?

Is It Residual or Is It Residue?

Jim Gerrish

On Pasture

A lot of people in grazing circles seem to use these terms interchangeably, but in grazing science they mean two very different things. Residual is the living plant material left behind after a grazing event. For clarity we often say ‘post-grazing residual’. Residue is dead plant material left on the soil surface. It is synonymous with litter or duff.

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