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Published in 1996 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report; published by Agricultural Research Division, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Crop residues remaining after harvest are an important feed resource for the cattle. While many of the 1.8 million head of beef cows and many calves in Nebraska graze harvested fields during the winter months, little information is available on the effect of grazing on subsequent residue cover or crop yields. Beginning in the fall of 1992, experiments were begun at several different sites on the Integrated Crop/ Livestock Farm at the Agricultural Research and Development Center to study the effect of cattle grazing crop residues on subsequent crop yields, residue cover, and soil compaction.