Exclusion cages = Truth. - Well done with the Plot Porn Bud! Dates on the farm/OH keep gettring pushed back due to work - really liking what you're showing - can't wait to see how my plots are doing - almost the same scenario but with with much less science/which I'm working to rectify.
“Lastly, this type of browse will surely negatively impact my goal of bettering the soil. There will be very limited OM to return back to the soil, much of these plants are browsed far past their ability to rebound and photosynthesize, which is reducing root exudates from flowing - most likely causing microbe populations to degrade or at best case scenario, stay on par.”
Not really. Most plants produce as much organic matter below the surface (the root system) as they do above the surface. I see no bare soil and lots of OM left.