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Beef Systems

The July weather pattern is posing to offer challenges this week for feedlot operators and cattle producers. Above average rain fall across the state has created greater humidity and has deteriorated pen conditions.  The seven-day forecast is calling for above average temperatures creating heat indexes that will reach critical heat stress emergency.  Thursday and Friday July 18 and 19 will be critical days across the state as little cloud cover is expected and wind speeds will be at or below 10 mph across the region.

By Jay Parsons, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Educator

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.