Keep the Cows in the Corn, Even during the Winter Stoms
Grazing crop residue can provide both economic and envrironmental benefits for cow-calf operations in the North Central region.
Objective: To graze beef cattle in the cornfields throughout the winter in western Minnesota.
The coordinator’s long-range plan involves trees for shelter belts and windbreaks. Short-range plans include using 10- by 20-foot snow control panels set to form 90-degree wedges into prevailing winds. The panels are placed around watering sites and in grazing areas.
Results: Early winter results look promising, with cattle doing well, even with wind chills of -50 degrees. The project was extended six months to complete the winter grazing season and compile data.