Daren Redfearn - Extension Forage Crop Residue Specialist

Daren Redfearn

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


  • 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

Andrea Basche in a field of cover crop planted into corn stubble

Cover Crop Research Team Receives Nebraska Environmental Trust Grant June 3, 2019

Three agronomy faculty have been awarded a grant to develop a decision-support tool for the successful incorporation of cover crops into Nebraska cropping systems.

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Nebraska Crop Residue Exchange now lists pastures

Crop Residue Exchange Now Available For Listing Pasture Rentals April 15, 2019

Nebraska's Crop Residue Exchange can now list pastures available for rent. If you are in need of grazing resources, check out this website to identify opportunities.

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A New NebGuide: Perennial Grass or Grass-Legume in Rotation with Annual Crops March 29, 2019

Including perennial grass or a grass-legume mixture in up to a nine-year rotation may help improve soil productivity and profitability while achieving other benefits.

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Student conducting research

Effect of Switchgrass Row Spacing on Inter-Seeded Legume Establishment March 15, 2019

This project evaluated the effect of switchgrass row spacing on the establishment of Illinois bundleflower, partridge pea, alfalfa, white clover, and hairy vetch.

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Chart showing row spacing effects on switchgrass yields.

Effect of Row Spacing on Switchgrass Yield and Nutritive Value March 14, 2019

This study was conducted from 2010 to 2015 to evaluate effects of row spacing on switchgrass forage yield. It compared two varieties: ‘Shawnee’ an upland ecotype, and ‘Kanlow x Summer HP1 NETO2 C1’, an experimental lowland ecotype later released as ‘Liberty’.

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Figure 1. Soil disturbance after disking and interseeding legumes.
Figure 1. Soil disturbance after disking and interseeding legumes.

Burning, Disking, and Spraying Consequences on Big Bluestem Forage Yield, Nutritive Value, and Native Legume Establishment March 14, 2019

A two-year study evaluated establishment of two native legume species into five-year old established big bluestem pastures and compared seven treatments.

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Cattle grazing cover crops

Cover Crop Grazing: Impacts on Soils and Crop Yields January 22, 2019

Results from a three-year study in rainfed and irrigated no-till cropping systems in Nebraska suggest that moderate cattle grazing of cover crops may not negatively impact soil properties and crop production.

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Field of cover crops

Native Warm-Season Grass Management and Planting Decisions for Alternative Forages January 9, 2019

One of the most important drivers of productivity and cost effectiveness of annual forages is planting date. Having realistic planting date expectations is one key to proper species selection.

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