Corn Residue Field Days Oct. 20, 28

Corn Residue Field Days Oct. 20, 28 October 4, 2016

Corn residue after baling
A three-year UNL study is looking at the effects of baling and grazing on corn residue, the soil, and yields. In this field some of the residue had been removed through baling.
Corn residue after grazing
Grazing provides another alternative use for corn residue, as in the field shown here.

Nebraska Extension and the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension program are hosting two more corn residue cooperator field days in October. The Oct. 20 program will be near Nebraska City and the Oct. 28 event will be at Scottsbluff.

The field days will feature data from a three-year study on the impact of grazing and baling corn residue on soil and subsequent crop yields across various soil types with different erosion potentials.

“Previous research in Mead and Brule has shown that grazing of corn residue has not resulted in negative impacts on subsequent crop yields or significant amounts of compaction,” said Mary Drewnoski, UNL beef systems specialist. “These field days are a chance for farmers to see what the impacts were in their region and decide if corn residue can be used as a potential revenue stream on their farm.”

Participants will have the opportunity to see crops growing in field areas where corn residue was previously grazed, baled, or left in the field.

Field Days

Nebraska City (near)
Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m.
1st St. and West St., Julian
(4 mi south of Nebraska City)

Scottsbluff
Oct. 28 at 12:30 p.m.
69361 Lionel Harris Rd.

Program topics will include:

  1. How removal of residue affects crop yields
  2. How removal of residue affects the soil
  3. Crop producer and consultant perspectives on grazing corn residue

Meals will be provided and are free. While pre-registration is not required, it is encouraged to ensure there is enough food.

For more information on these field days or to pre-register, please contact the cooperator listed below for the site.

NEBRASKA CITY
Gary Lesoing
402-274-4755
Gary.lesoing@unl.edu
SCOTTSBLUFF
Karla Jenkins
308-632-1245
Kjenkins2@unl.edu