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Low commodity prices spark alternatives on crop land talk at West Central Cattlemen's Day

Low commodity prices spark alternatives on crop land talk at West Central Cattlemen's Day (NTV News)

Low commodity prices are a hot topic for farmers and ranchers at West Central Cattlemen's Day.

31 attendees joined to learn about many topics on cattle including cover crops and lameness in cattle for the upcoming season.

One of the beef educator's for Nebraska Extension Brad Schick says the biggest interest has to do with low commodity prices.

Schick says many farmers and ranchers wanting to learn of the alternatives they can do on crop land.

"Can they start growing forages as opposed to corn, can they start growing forages as opposed to soybeans or wheat and the options there are after that," said Nebraska Extension beef educator Brad Schick.

He says there are some economics behind it still needing to be evaluated.

"It is an opportunity where you can expand your herd. If you want to graze summer annuals something such as sorghum, sorghum sudangrass. Also if you're looking at doing it at a different time of the year say you're talking about cool season's maybe oats, brassicas something of that nature and extending the grazing period on the field," said Schick.

UNL will be hosting a webinar on the economics of producing forage on previous crop land Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

A list of other Cattlemen's Days can be found here.


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