Date of this Version
2017 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report. University of Nebraska Extension MP104. Lincoln, NE.
A survey was conducted to explore factors influencing corn residue grazing recommendations by crop consultants and producer practices in Nebraska. Approximately 80% of consultants recommended grazing corn residue, while 63% of producers allowed grazing. Of producers who did not graze, about 50% cited concerns related to soil compaction, inconvenience (lack of water, fencing, and land/equipment damage), and lack of access to livestock. Producers who allowed and consultants who recommended grazing were more likely to perceive that grazing residue increased subsequent grain yields. Most consultants (56.0%) and producers (43.8%) reported making decisions in regards to grazing based on their own observation. Findings from this survey can be used to design extension education and research involving the impacts of grazing corn residue on subsequent grain yield and soil attributes. Extension could also be a conduit linking cattle owners with crop producers that reported not having access to livestock for grazing.