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

wheat being cut for forage
Cutting and windrowing forage wheat in south central Nebraska for processing into wheatlage. (Photos by Todd Whitney)

Estimating a Fair Value for Standing Forage

July 29, 2020
Several things need to be considered when deciding what value to place on standing forage. Forage prices reflect current inventories, demand, expected current season production and associated yield risk, and quality characteristics.

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Cattle grazing rye cover crop near Tecumseh
Figure 1. Cattle grazing cereal rye cover crop near Tecumseh. Often grazing poses less of a nitrate toxicity risk than haying and feeding. (Photo by Mary Drewnoski)

Reducing Nitrate Concerns When Grazing Forage Cover Crops

July 22, 2020
Nitrate toxicity can be a concern when planting cover crops for forage in hail-damaged crop fields. With proper management of haying and grazing, the risk can be reduced.

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The Crop Residue Exchange continues to expand to better connect livestock producers with available forage resources.
Figure 1. The Crop Residue Exchange continues to expand to better connect livestock producers with available forage resources. (Photo by Troy Walz)

Crop Residue Exchange Updated and Available for Listings

September 20, 2019
Interested in making your corn residue available or grazing? New updates make the Crop Residue Exchange even easier to use to link cattle producers and available grazing resources.

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Hailed corn field
Figure 1. Severely hail-damaged corn field where the ears are the top-most part of the plant. Following severe hail damage, cover crops can offer a variety of benefits from using available nitrogen to aiding weed control. (Photos by Jenny Rees)

Cover Crop Considerations Following Late-Season Hail

August 29, 2019
Late-season hail has impacted fields across Nebraska. Growers may want to consider the value of cover crops for weed management, excess nitrogen uptake, and forage options.

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Grazing an additional 10% of available acres of corn residue could increase income for crop producers by more than $6 million.  (Photo courtesy of USDA)
Grazing an additional 10% of available acres of corn residue could increase income for crop producers by more than $6 million. (Photo courtesy of USDA)

The Value of Grazed Corn Residue for Crop and Cattle Producers

July 31, 2019
It's estimated that a 10% increase in grazing utilization of corn residue could add $6.4 million to the bottom line of crop producers in Nebraska.

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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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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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