Daren Redfearn - Extension Forage Crop Residue Specialist

Daren Redfearn

faculty
Work Keim Hall (KEIM) 136
Lincoln NE 68583-0915
US
Work 402-472-2662 On campus, dial 2-2662

icon-academic-capEducation

  • Ph D, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1995
  • MS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1992
  • BS, Texas Tech University, 1985

icon-business-chartResearch & Grants

  • Five-year Plan for the Beef Systems Initiative, Internal, August 2017
  • Enhance Animal Protein Crops/Cattle, Fdn for Food & Agriculture Research, July 2017
  • Soil Health Initiative, Dept of Agriculture-NRCS, September 2017
  • Dev Rsrch Ext Skills of Students, Dept of Agriculture-NIFA, March 2016

Faculty Bio

Man, woman and child kneel in pasture
There are four key points to remember during the process of planning and planting perennial grasses: seed cost, seedbed, seeding depth and weed control.

Economic Considerations for Converting Cropland to Perennial Grazing Lands

May 23, 2024
Extension educators review the financial and operational considerations of converting cropland to grass pastures.

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Pasture landscape
For some areas of Nebraska that struggled with drought in 2023, pasture and forage production could be challenging, especially in early 2024. One strategy for improving production early in the season is frost-seeding legumes like red clover from February to mid-March.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Reflecting on 2023, Improving Pastures in 2024

January 2, 2024
Extension Forage Crop Residue Specialist Daren Redfearn shares his observations on pasture and forage production throughout 2023, and what producers can do to enhance plant growth in 2024.

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Cattle grazing corn residue
Sorghum stems are a little higher in quality than the corn stem, but care is still needed if cows are forced to graze the lower stems due to the potential of prussic acid toxicity immediately following a frost.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Grazing Grain Sorghum Stover and Corn Residue

October 26, 2023
A review of the pros and cons of grazing sorghum and corn residue, and how to maximize the nutritional benefits of each.

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Cattle in pasture
Attendees of this year's pasture walk will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with extension educators to address their forage production questions and concerns.

Summer Annual Forage Pasture Walk on Aug. 23

August 11, 2023
During this year's pasture walk at ENREEC, participants will learn about warm-season annual productivity, annual forage fertility management, prussic acid and nitrate concerns, and more.

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Pasture and Forage Minute: Nebraska Grazing Conference, Summer Annual Forages and Pricing CRP Hay

July 17, 2023
Make plans to attend the 2023 Nebraska Grazing Conference, tips to help make sure summer annual grass hays are dry and of good quality, and how to price CRP hay.

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Hail-damaged soybean

Hail Damage to Soybean in Reproductive Stages and Options

July 14, 2023
Nebraska Extension educators and specialists share replant recommendations for soybean producers recently affected by hailstorm damage.

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Hail-damaged corn

Hail Damage to Late Vegetative to Silking Corn and Options

July 14, 2023
For producers with crop damage from recent hailstorms, the timing of storms, development stage of the crop, individual field damage, subsoil moisture and crop insurance are important factors to consider when deciding the next course of action.

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Rancher with cattle

Pasture and Forage Minute: Preparing for a Productive 2023

January 12, 2023
Ben Beckman and Daren Redfearn of Nebraska Extension share some predictions and recommendations on grazing and forage production in 2023.

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