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post #1 of 3 Old 05-27-2012, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Nutritional content of grass

Hey guys, I was just wondering if anyone knew the nutrition content ( sugar content, mineral content, ect. ) of grass at varying times of the day. Is grass more/less likely to cause weight issues at night vs. the day? Are easy keepers more prone to weight gain if they're sent out to graze in the afternoon vs. the morning? Any other differences in grass that could be potentially positive or negative to health?

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-27-2012, 08:37 PM
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Nutritional content depends on soil - what is available in the first place, type of grass, and to a degree, climate, weather, time of day, etc. Sugar content also depends on all those factors, so can't say without analysis. But sugars are produced by photosynthesis and are used by the plant over night for growing. Therefore, the longer time the grass is in sunlight, the more sugars it is likely to have. So yes, plants are generally richer in sugar at the end of the day & lowest around dawn. Frosty nights, overcast days and stress to the plants effect that too.
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after cool nights and hot sunny days, the higher sugar. Rye grass has a higher fructose than some of the other grasses.
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