Hay and Forage Minute

Friday August 17, 2018
Adding Grass To Thinning Alfalfa
Thin alfalfa stands can be rejuvenated by interseeding grasses and converting them to pasture or haying a grass-alfalfa mixture. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday August 13, 2018
Cover and Forage Crops Following Early Bean and Corn Harvests
Corn and beans harvested early can leave your ground bare for seven to nine months. Instead, let’s plant some crops to grow and cover it until next season. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday August 10, 2018
Correct Timing Makes The Best Silage
Will you chop corn silage this year? Do it right and time your harvest correctly. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday August 6, 2018
Planning Next Year’s Grazing Today
Are you one of the fortunate ones to have extra grass this year? If so, there are ways you can improve next year’s grazing by managing this year’s grass. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday August 3, 2018
Seedbeds For Late Summer Grass And Alfalfa Planting
Will you plant alfalfa, grass or some small-seeded cover crop this August? It’s an excellent time to plant, if you have moisture and do it right. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday July 30, 2018
Oats For Fall Pasture or Hay
It’s almost August and fall is just around the corner. Could you use some extra pasture or hay in late September and October? Oats might be your answer. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday July 27, 2018
Haying Wet Meadows That Are Too Wet
The extra rain received in central and western Nebraska this year has been mostly welcome. But it has raised havoc with making hay, especially on wet meadows. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday July 23, 2018
Harvesting Summer Annual Grasses For Hay
Can hay from summer annual grasses be dry and high quality? No way, you say? It can’t be done! Well, if these are your thoughts, let’s see if I can change your mind. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday July 20, 2018
Grazing Trampled Grass
How should you graze regrowth in pastures that had tall growth trampled during a previous grazing? I don’t know, but I have some ideas. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday July 16, 2018
Controlling Summer Weeds in Alfalfa
Wet soils in alfalfa fields right after cutting will certainly do one thing. It helps weeds and grasses grow. Let’s talk today about what you can do about these weeds. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday July 13, 2018
Grazing Sudangrass, Pearl Millet & Sorghum Hybrids
Summer annual grasses planted this spring soon could be ready to graze. Let’s review grazing guidelines to help avoid potential hazards. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday July 9, 2018
Control Potato Leafhopper In Alfalfa
Potato leafhoppers are injuring alfalfa in many areas. Scouting for these insects and protecting your alfalfa from injury may be needed in your fields. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday July 6, 2018
Summer Water Demand
This summer’s heat and humidity makes it abundantly clear how important adequate water is for your pastured livestock. Let’s discuss ways to provide water throughout your pastures. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday July 2, 2018
Alfalfa and Heat
When the temperature is consistently above 90 degrees, many rules of thumb for alfalfa harvest management, like cut at one-tenth bloom, should be thrown out the window. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday June 29, 2018
Forage Following Wheat
Once your wheat is gone, how do you pan to use that ground after harvest? With good moisture and lots of growing season left this year there are many forages possibilities. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday June 25, 2018
Managing Windrow Disease in Alfalfa
Rained-on hay plagues all of us eventually. This year maybe more than usual. The “windrow disease” that often follows presents lingering problems. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday June 22, 2018
Managing Seeding Year Alfalfa
Alfalfa seeded this spring is ready, or soon will be ready, to cut. Use the following harvest guidelines to get the most from your first-year alfalfa. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday June 18, 2018
Single Wire Cross Fences
Cross fences are one of my favorite tools. They are a major part of grazing management packages and are especially valuable in situations like drought or stockpiling. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday June 15, 2018
Controlling Bluegrass in Irrigated Alfalfa
Bluegrass is a common weed in irrigated alfalfa. Fortunately, there are several ways to control this pesky plant. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday June 11, 2018
Stockpile Extra Summer Growth For Winter Pasture
Abundant rain produces abundant grass. If this describes your grasslands, let’s find the best way to take advantage of this blessing. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday June 8, 2018
Proper Hay Storage
Did you make any good quality hay yet? To keep in valuable and in good shape, proper storage is needed. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday June 4, 2018
Pasture Weed Control In Summer
Early to mid-June is a popular time to spray pasture weeds and woody plants. But, is it a smart thing to do? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday June 1, 2018
Use Grazing To Control Pasture Weeds
Pasture weeds are a problem for many of us. It’s a challenge to control or prevent them in the first place. The right grazing practice, though, can help reduce this problem. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday May 28, 2018
Evaluate Forage Status on Memorial Day
Memorial day is a good time to examine the status of hay and forage programs for the year. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday May 25, 2018
A Tale of Two Regions
East versus west. Wet versus dry. Looks like we are starting this year with very different conditions depending on where you live. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday May 21, 2018
Hastening Hay Dry-Down
Haying season is here, along with potential rains. We need ways to hasten hay dry-down to beat the weather. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday May 18, 2018
Be Ready For First Cutting
Got all your corn planted? Working on the beans? Don’t look now, but alfalfa harvest is approaching fast. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday May 14, 2018
Postemergence Weed Control in Alfalfa
Are weeds showing up in your new alfalfa? If they get thick your alfalfa will suffer. Check your fields today after listening to some options to control those weeds. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday May 11, 2018
Pre-Season Alfalfa Irrigation
Attention growers of irrigated alfalfa. Have you watered your alfalfa yet? With low soil moisture levels in many areas, now might be a good time to start. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday May 7, 2018
Still Time To Fertilize Summer Hay Meadows
Do you need to grow more hay for next winter? One way to get that extra hay might be to fertilize your hay meadow this spring. There’s still time. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday May 4, 2018
Grazing Reed Canarygrass
Many of us have wetland pastures that contain lots of reed canarygrass. For many of you, it might be the first perennial grass ready for grazing this spring. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 30, 2018
Disappointing Cereal Forages
Did you plant rye, triticale, or another cereal last fall with plans to graze this spring before planting row crops? Did it work? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday April 27, 2018
Adjusting for the Weather
Rain or shine, hot or cold. No matter what the weather, hay and pasture crops must adapt to current conditions to survive. And so must we. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist. MP3

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Monday April 23, 2018
Be Realistic With Irrigated Pastures
Many folks are planting irrigated pastures this spring. While it might be your best crop choice, don't expect miracles. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist. MP3

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Monday April 20, 2018
Thickening Alfalfa With Spring Cereals
How is your hay supply? How about for next winter? Maybe you need to think about boosting yields form some older, thinning alfalfa fields this spring. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 16, 2018
Consider Double Cropping Forages On Crop Ground
Can't make money on your crop ground and need more pasture? Double cropping annual forages may be a better option. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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