A new online tool from Nebraska Extension aims to connect farmers and cattle producers to encourage mutually beneficial agreements to use crop residue for grazing. The Crop Residue Exchange tool provides a searchable database of cropland available for grazing.
After creating an account, farmers can list available cropland by drawing their plot on an interactive map and entering information on the type of residue, fencing, water availability, and dates available. Livestock producers looking for grazing can search the database for cropland available for grazing within a radius of a given location of interest. Producers also provide their preferred contact information.
"While the primary objective of this exchange is to assist in the development of farmer-cattlemen relationships, we plan to add educational materials and tools that support these relationships in the near future," said Jay Parsons, associate professor of agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Items in development include a lease agreement template; links to tools and guidelines to help farmers and cattle owners correctly stock crop-residue fields; and information on crop-residue grazing rates.
The Crop Residue Exchange is available at http://cropresidueexchange.unl.edu. IANR Media helped developed the tool with funding from a Nebraska Extension innovation grant. The tool was designed collaboratively by faculty members on the NebraskaBeef Systems Initiative team.
Source: Jay Parsons, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mary Drewnoski, Department of Animal Science, and Daren Redfearn, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.