Corn Grazing

Problem Statement/Challenge: Feed value of a crop can change throughout the growing season depending on maturity. Determining the optimum time to allow cattle to graze for highest nutrient and feed value can help a producer to cut feed costs by getting the most out of the feed source before it begins losing nutrient value due to frost or crop degradation.   

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Corn Grazing

Corn Grazing

Problem Statement/Challenge: Feed value of a crop can change throughout the growing season depending on maturity. Determining the optimum time to allow cattle to graze for highest nutrient and feed value can help a producer to cut feed costs by getting the most out of the feed source before it begins losing nutrient value due to frost or crop degradation. 

Solution/Value Proposition: Routine sampling and lab tests will allow us to determine how the nutritional value and biomass yield changes through the fall and winter months as well as determine how each corn variety performs under these growing conditions. Olds College Smart Farm is also collecting NDVI data to determine the viability of using imagery as an alternative and real-time method to monitor dry matter yield and feed quality. 

Project Type: Demonstration/Comparison

Start Date: Spring 2019 for seeding, actual testing to begin with SAIT in May/June and feed/dry matter testing to happen from September to December prior to cattle grazing.

Status: Complete

Corn Grazing