Researchers found that grazing corn residues could actually improve certain soil properties and is preferable to baling. Credit: Mary Drewnoski.
Researchers found that grazing corn residues could actually improve certain soil properties and is preferable to baling.

Cattle grazing fields have minimal effect on soil compaction

Researchers find grazing corn residues could actually improve certain soil properties.

It makes sense that a 1,200 lb. Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. However, a new study shows that even heavy cows don’t compact common soils very much if they’re grazed responsibly.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln study is unique in its 16-year span. Researchers wanted to know whether grazing cattle on corn stubble left in the field in fall and spring would significantly affect the quality of the soil. It was established in 1

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