Research at Kansas State University indicates that heavier stocking rates early in the season can increase beef production per acre. Range scientist Keith Harmoney, who is conducting the study at K-State’s Agricultural Research Center at Hays, says, “The key is having a slightly greater stocking density while the grass is immature and actively growing, and then removing the heaviest animals during the last half of the grazing season.” The ongoing research indicates that using 1.6 times the normal recommended stocking density early in the season, followed by removing the heaviest animals in the last half of the grazing season, increased beef production 25 percent on a land area basis compared to continuous season-long stocking. The system could provide financial flexibility by allowing producers to market animals at two different periods through the year. Dr. Harmoney says the net return over five years was approximately $13 per acre more with the modified stocking system than with the continuous season-long stocking system. He adds that although animal-gain data looks positive, the study has not been in place for enough time to evaluate long-term affects on rangeland conditions and sustainability.