Mary Drewnoski - Beef Systems Specialist

Mary Drewnoski

faculty
Work Animal Science Complex (ANSC) C220F
Lincoln NE 68583-0908
US
Work 402-472-6289 On campus, dial 2-6289

Faculty Bio

Fire damaged corn field
A corn field affected by fire during the 2022 harvest season in Cedar County. (Photo by Mitiku Mamo)

FAQ for Fire Damage to Unharvested Crops and Harvested Ground

October 28, 2022
Nebraska Extension educators share recommendations for crops impacted by fire damage, highlighting grain and feed options for unharvested corn, what to expect of soil nutrient loss and techniques to avoid soil erosion.

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Cattle in corn residue
Grazing is a great way to make use of corn residue rather than baling as it leaves the ground with more cover, does not result in compaction and returns most of the nutrients to the land.

Consider Listing Your Corn Residue Acres on the Crop Residue Exchange

October 21, 2022
Due to ongoing extreme drought conditions, grazing needs are substantial this year. The Crop Residue Exchange helps facilitate a forage rental partnership between producers that can benefit both parties. 

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Corn silage

Drought-stressed Corn: A Feed Opportunity

July 22, 2022
When harvesting drought-stressed corn to feed, there are several cautionary factors to consider as well as several options for feeding, baling, or grazing it.

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Annual forages
USDA NRCS Montana (Flickr/Public Domain)

Weighing Risk and Reward of Annual Forages

June 23, 2022
An influx of prevented plant acres provides freedom for producers to grow annual cover crops to counterbalance current forage prices.

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Cattle in pasture
University of Nebraska research has determined that when corn residue is grazed at proper stocking rates, there are small, but positive effects on crop production the following year.

Cattle Compaction in Cropland: Fact or Fiction?

August 23, 2021
Grazing corn residue is a low-cost winter feed for cattle and source of additional income with no negative effects on cropland.

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Harvested corn field
The Crop Residue Exchange is an interactive, online tool that facilitates connections between livestock producers looking for forage and crop producers with available crop residues or other forage resources.

Crop Residue Exchange Links Growers and Grazers

August 23, 2021
The Crop Residue Exchange continues to connect livestock producers with crop residue and other forage resources.

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Eroded field

Does Grazing Cover Crops Negatively Impact Soil and Crop Yields?

April 29, 2021
Grazing cover crops can be a potential option to re-integrate crops with livestock production and reverse the adverse effects of separating crops and livestock production, despite soil compaction concerns. 

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Soil samples

Can Cover Crops Offset the Negative Impacts of Corn Silage?

April 28, 2021
UNL researchers discerned varied results from a study on reducing soil compaction and wind/water erosion on fields harvested for corn silage by planting cover crops. 

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