Pasture and Forage Minute

Wednesday January 27, 2021
Deciphering A Hay Test - Moisture
Having hay tested for nutrient quality is critical in getting the most out of the feedstuffs you have. Once the results come back, the next step is understanding what the report you receive means. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday January 25, 2021
Inventorying Remaining Forage Supplies
Our winter mid-point is Feb. 2 (Ground Hog Day), so now may be a good time to inventory your remaining hay and forage. Remember you can’t effectively manage; what you do not measure. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Wednesday January 20, 2021
Drought Clauses in Pasture Leases
If you rent or lease pasture, you know drought can cause big issues. With all of Nebraska currently experiencing drought conditions, is your lease prepared to deal with the possibility of dry conditions this summer? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday January 18, 2021
Planning Spring And Summer Forages
While we are still early in the new year, it may be time to start planning and thinking about any spring or summer annual forages that we might plant. Part of the process may be anticipating some dry conditions this summer and a need for extra feed or booking seed early for possible discounts. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday January 13, 2021
Legume Frost Seeding In Pastures
Are you looking to increase production from pastures or hay fields? Interseeding legumes might just work in your operation. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday January 11, 2021
Snow Is Good For Alfalfa
As cold temperatures arrive, be happy if you received snow recently. Although snow can create some problems, snow is good for alfalfa and new irrigated grass seedings that were planted late last summer. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday January 6, 2021
Feeding Moldy Hay
No matter how great we are at putting up hay, we’ve probably fed hay that was moldy. Some has more some has less. But how do we know what’s safe to feed? Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday January 4, 2021
Fencing
Fence is useful in keeping animals where we want and establishing a border along adjacent pieces of land. However, when it comes time to replace or repair a property division fence, who gets to foot the bill? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday December 30, 2020
Forage Reflections
As the year comes to an end, it can help to look back at forage management production and learn what to improve to make it better next year. Stick around and I’ll give you some ideas. Daren Redfearn, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday December 28, 2020
Year In Review
We as humans often like to try and compare things to average or normal. At the end of the year, we look back and see if the precipitation we received was within the expected normal range. Were temperatures for particular season outside of normal, or even if our pasture or hay production was in the range we consider normal. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday December 23, 2020
Alfalfa As a Supplemental Protein
Choosing the right protein may help bring the cost of feed down and more accurately meet the needs of our cattle. In some rations, alfalfa might be that choice. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday December 21, 2020
pH, Potassium, And Sulfur
After we receive soil tests back from the lab, the next step is developing a plan for pasture fertility. The past few weeks we’ve looked at the Bray/Mechlich and Olsen tests for phosphorus. This week, let’s focus on pH, potassium, and sulfur. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday December 16, 2020
Pasture Fertility – Olsen Phosphorus
After we receive soil tests back from the lab, the next step is developing a plan for pasture fertility. The main nutrients to consider are nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and sometimes sulfur. Today, let’s take a look at phosphorus. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday December 14, 2020
Remove Net Wrap and Twine
Is twine or net wrap good feed? Obviously not, but it can cause health problems if animals eat too much of it. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday December 9, 2020
Winter Hay Access
With Nebraska forecasts for the next few weeks looking to be dry, getting hay to animals in the field or pasture may not be a concern, but if conditions change to snow and mud, will current placement allow for easy access? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday December 7, 2020
Pasture Fertility – Bray/Mehlich Phosphorus
After we receive soil tests back from the lab, the next step is developing a plan for pasture fertility. The main nutrients to consider are nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and sometimes sulfur. Today, let’s take a look at phosphorus. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday December 2, 2020
Prescribed Burning For Control of Cedar Trees
Eastern red cedar trees are a significant and expanding problem across many pasture and rangeland acres in Nebraska. When fire is planned and controlled properly, it can be a very useful tool to control these unwanted plants. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday November 30, 2020
Reducing Fed Hay Losses
Making, transporting, and feeding hay is a large investment in time, equipment, and money. How can you reduce loss of hay during feeding to make that investment go further? Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday November 25, 2020
Alfalfa Soil Test Results For pH and Potassium
So you pulled some soil cores and now you have the results in your hand, now what? On your soil test results you will want to check out pH, potassium, and phosphorous levels across all soil textures. Megan Taylor, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Monday November 23, 2020
Grazing Under Snow and Ice
For producers hoping to winter animals on crop residues or pasture, too much snow and ice can be an issue. How can winter weather impact your herd management this year? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday November 18, 2020
Phosphorus Recommendations - Olson Test
So you pulled some soil cores and now you have the results in your hand, now what? Megan Taylor, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Monday November 16, 2020
Corn Stalk Quality After Weathering
Fall rain and snow are good for wheat and next year’s crops, but it does have its drawbacks. One challenge is its impact on corn stalk feed quality. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday November 11, 2020
Phosphorus Soil Test Results
So you pulled some soil cores and now you have the results in your hand, now what? Megan Taylor, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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