Bruce Anderson

Professor of Agronomy, Extension Forage Specialist

B.S. Agronomy, University of Nebraska, 1974

M.S. Agronomy, University of Missouri, 1977

Ph.D. Agronomy, University of Missouri, 1980

Area of Focus

Grazing Systems

Research Interests

  • Annual forages in grazing systems
  • Utilization of warm-season grasses
  • Forage quality in hay and pasture systems
  • Using legumes to improve pastures

Extension Area of Emphasis

  • Pasture utilization
  • Grazing management
  • Warm-season grasses in forage/livestock systems
  • Alfalfa producation and marketing
  • Grazing maize and other annual forages

Major Project Activities

  • Evaluating annual forages in irrigated and dryland grazing systems
  • Impact of grazing management strategies (2, 6, or 36 paddock rotations) on survival of birdsfoot trefoil, alfalfa, or kura clover within smooth brome/legume pastures
  • Identification of legumes compatible with grazed warm-season grasses and their affect on cattle production
  • Evaluation and development of nested paddock experimental design
  • Use of alfalfa in irrigated crop production systems
  • Alfalfa variety testing
  • Training in Management Intensive Grazing
  • Alfalfa Management Schools
  • Chinese forage production systems and research needs


  • Anderson, B., M.A. Trammell, and T.J. Klopfenstein. 2002. Hybrid and protein supplement affect gains of cattle grazing mature corn. p. 217-221. In Kim Cassida (ed.). Proc. 2002 Amer. Forage and Grassl. Conf. Bloomington, MN.
  • Anderson, B. 2000. Use of warm-season grasses by grazing livestock. p. 147-157. In K.J. Moore and B.E. Anderson (ed.). Native warm-season grasses: research trends and issues. CSSA Spec. Publ. 30. CSSA and ASA, Madison, WI.
  • Cuomo, G.J., B.E. Anderson, and L.J. Young. 1998. Harvest frequency and burning effects on vigor of native grasses. J. Range Manage. 51:32-36.
  • Anderson, B., R. Stritzke, S. Melvin, T. Gompert, and K. Rockwell. 1998. Changing grazier practices with extension programs. p. 160-164. In Proc. Amer. Forage and Grassl. Council. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Anderson, B. 1998. Profitable alfalfa management. 188 pp. Agri-Growth, Inc., Hollandale, MN.
  • Mundy, V., B.E. Anderson, T.L. Gompert, T.L. Mader, and C.A. Shapiro. 1997. Zea mays grazing in cattle production systems. p. 29-3 - 29-4. In Proc. XVIII Int. Grassl. Congr. Winnipeg, Manitoba and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • Anderson, B.E., W.W. Stroup, and W.H. Schacht. 1995. Nested paddocks to increase efficiency when studying multiple-paddock grazing methods. p. 56-60. Proc. Amer. Forage & Grassl. Coun. Conf., Lexington, KY.
  • Hafley, J.L., B.E. Anderson, and T.J. Klopfenstein. 1993. Supplementation of growing cattle grazing warm-season grass with proteins of various ruminal degradabilities. J. Anim. Sci. 71:522-529.
  • Anderson, Bruce, Duane Rice, Don Kubik, and Rick Rasby. 1991. Forage analyses for dietary diagnosis and management. Agri-Practice 12 (3):29-32.
  • Anderson, B., A.G. Matches, and C.J. Nelson. 1989. Carbohydrate reserves and tillering of switchgrass following clipping. Agron. J. 81:13-16.
  • Anderson, B., J.K. Ward, K.P. Vogel, M.G. Ward, H.J. Gorz, and F.A. Haskins. 1988. Forage quality and performance of yearlings grazing switchgrass strains selected for differing digestibility. J. Anim. Sci. 66:2239-2244.
  • Anderson, Bruce. 1988. Sequential grazing of cool-warm-cool season perennial grasses -- the concept and practice. Innovative Grazing Systems Symposium. p. 274-281. In Proc. Forage Grassl. Conf., Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Waller, S.S., L.E. Moser, and B.E. Anderson. 1986. A guide for planning and analyzing a year-round forage program. EC86-113.