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Date of this Version

Spring 4-17-2016

Document Type



Poster session, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Research Fair, April 2016, Lincoln, NE.


Copyright © 2016 G.L. Harsh, J. L. Gramkow, R.G. Bondurant, S. E. Gardine, A.K. Watson, T. J. Klopfenstein


In 2013, Nebraska planted roughly nine million acres of corn, the third most in the United States and continues to grow. Therefore, beef production resources have become scarce and relatively expensive. The diminished pasture forages available for grazing cattle has ignited the importance and need for alternative uses. Nebraska has a strong advantage over several other states, as there is an abundant supply of corn residue to compensate for these shortages. The research conducted shows the differences in the amount of residue produced and digestibility of each plant part per treatment.

Objective: 1.) Determine if the amount of residue to grain is affected by each treatment. 2.) Determine the digestibility of each plant part. 3.) Utilize fistculated steers to determine what the steers actually consume.