UNL BeefWatch October 2016

Is Corn Silage a Forage?

Typically corn silage is priced based on corn grain price.Of course the answer is yes and no. About ½ of the corn plant is grain and about ½ is forage making corn silage a unique “forage”. The corn plant is highly productive so yields of dry matter are greater than about any other forage, about 2 times alfalfa. In the distant past, corn silage was commo Continue reading…


Keys for Corn Stalk Grazing

Corn residue is a tremendous feed resource for cattle in Nebraska.  Photo Courtesy of USDA.Corn harvest is underway in much of Nebraska. Corn residue is a tremendous feed resource for cattle in Nebraska. With Nebraska’s 9 million corn acres and 1.8 million beef cows, there is more than twice the number of corn stalk acres needed for grazing all of Nebraska’s beef cows! The Nebraska Ext Continue reading…


Grazing Cornstalks- Do you have a rental agreement?

When it comes to rental agreements for grazing corn residue, a number of questions need to be asked and answered up front to avoid disagreements later.  Photo courtesy of Troy WalzHaving a written agreement can help reduce miscommunication and frustration down the road.
• It ensures a better understanding by both parties
• It serves as a reminder of the terms originally agreed upon
• It increases the likelihood that the relationship will continue in future years.

When it com Continue reading…


Lagoon Closure Demonstration

Lagoon decommission.jpgThe closure of aged livestock lagoons and earthen manure storage basins needs to be conducted in a manner that controls potential environmental risk and makes economical use of accumulated nutrients in the biosolids. This event will offer a unique opportunity to hear about and see the step-by-step p Continue reading…


Effects of a Freeze on Forages

Frost causes important changes in forages so manage them carefully for safe feed. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.If you haven’t experienced a freeze yet this fall, you soon will. And remember, a freeze can cause hazards for using some forages.

When plants freeze, changes occur in their metabolism and composition that can poison livestock. But you can prevent problems.

Sorghum-related plants, like cane, sud Continue reading…

Originally published October 1, 2016 - Submit an Item