Mary Drewnoski - Beef Systems Specialist

Mary Drewnoski

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Large round bales of corn residue in the field
Demonstrations of equipment used for baling corn residue will be daily at this year's Husker Harvest Days near Grand Island. (Photo by Jenny Rees)

Corn Residue Baling Workshop to be held at Husker Harvest Days August 28, 2018

View daily demonstrations of corn residue baling equipment and get answers to your questions about its use at this year's Husker Harvest Days.

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Hailed corn
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 Storms August 24, 2018

Cover crops offer a number of benefits in fields sustaining late-season hail damage, but should be planted soon to provide sufficient time for growth. A guide covers various cover crops and their use, seeding rates, and seeding method.

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A field of drought-stressed corn in late July in Richardson County in southeast Nebraska. (Photo by Laura Thompson)
A field of drought-stressed corn in late July in Richardson County in southeast Nebraska. (Photo by Laura Thompson)

Drought-stressed Corn: A Feed Opportunity August 6, 2018

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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Considerations for Forage Cover Crops after Hail in Corn and Soybean July 9, 2018

If you were hit hard by hail and need to cover your fields, forage cover crops can provide an opportunity for haying or grazing as well as a protective plant layer. Plant selection is a key factor in successfully managing production.

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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 9, 2018

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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Windrowing forage wheat in south central Nebraska for processing into wheatlage. (Photos by Todd Whitney)
Figure 1. Cutting and windrowing forage wheat in south central Nebraska for processing into wheatlage. (Photos by Todd Whitney)

Wheat Forage Options and Considerations May 17, 2018

This spring many Nebraska livestock producers facing low forage supplies may be looking for new sources, such as from wheat. This Nebraska research on harvest timing suggests how to optimize feed value from wheat forage.

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Cereal rye cover crop

Q&A on Grazing Cereal Rye after an Anhydrous Application April 19, 2018

This week a CropWatch reader asked: Can you safely graze cover crop rye this spring after anhydrous has been applied? That depends on several factors, write three extension specialists in agronomy and beef production.

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Economics of Annual and Perennial Forages Webinar Feb. 13 February 4, 2018

With current corn prices and the limited availability of perennial grass, some producers are asking themselves if growing forages on cropland might be the answer to feeding the cow herd. A webinar to address these questions in addition to showing economic examples will be held Tuesday evening, February 13, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. CST.

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