Pasture and Forage Minute

Friday May 27, 2022
First Cutting Alfalfa
Corn and soybeans are still getting planted due to a cool start to the year. Alfalfa too has been behind compared to most years, and first cutting may need to happen sooner than expected or than preferred. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday May 25, 2022
Quickly Maturing Cool Season Forages
Cool season annuals like cereal rye, triticale, barley, and oats as well as perennial forages like brome, timothy, and various wheatgrass species are quickly maturing with recent warm temperatures and the return of precipitation. Are you prepared? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday May 23, 2022
Selecting Summer Annual Forages
It is close to the ideal time to plant a summer annual grass, maybe to build hay supply or have some extra grazing. Which one will you plant? Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday May 20, 2022
Fertilizing Warm Season Grass Pastures
Fertilizing warm-season grass is a practice some producers do, but one should consider forage needs, the value of the forage, and fertilizer costs. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday May 18, 2022
Controlling Musk Thistle
Did you have musk thistles last year? If so, I’m sure you’ll have them again this spring. And even through you may have done some herbicide control last fall, there are always those that may have been missed. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday May 16, 2022
Small Grain Hay or Silage Harvesting
Cattle producers needing forage may be considering harvesting small grains such as wheat, rye, triticale and oats as hay or silage. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Friday May 13, 2022
Cross Fences
As we move through spring, you may think it’s time to put away your electric fence from grazing crop residue this winter. Don’t do it just yet. It can be a useful tool to stretch your pasture this summer. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday May 11, 2022
Grazing Management Following Wildfire
There have been several wildfires this spring that have affected range and pasturelands across Nebraska. Although the immediate aftermath of a fast-moving fire can look quite devastating, most all of our perennial pasture grasses will recover with adequate moisture. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday May 9, 2022
Soil Sampling Pastures
Are you considering skipping fertilizing your pastures or alfalfa fields this year due to the high fertilizer prices? Now might be a great time to invest in soil sampling your fields to see what you have for soil fertility in your field’s profile. Melissa Bartels, Nebraska Extension Crops and Forage Educator.MP3

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Friday May 6, 2022
Managing Alfalfa Weevil
Be sure to get out and check your alfalfa fields as alfalfa weevils have been recently confirmed in southeastern Nebraska. Melissa Bartels, Nebraska Extension Crops and Forage Educator.MP3

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Wednesday May 4, 2022
Post-Emergent Herbicides to Control Weeds in Alfalfa
Spring drought can provide an advantage for weeds in alfalfa especially in newly seeded fields. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Monday May 2, 2022
Grazing Preparation
Dry and cool weather has caused spring green-up to lag. With warmer temperatures in the forecast, many cool season species may come on fast as they make up for lost time. Are you prepared to capture this flush of spring growth? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday April 29, 2022
The Right Stocking Rate
Stocking pastures with the right number of animals is one of the cornerstones of proper grazing management. It’s tempting to take the easy route and keep using the same rate year after year. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday April 27, 2022
Spring Turn-out to Pastures
The time for turn-out to our primary summer pastures is coming soon. A couple of important questions are what date to turn-out, and which pastures should be first? Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 25, 2022
An Animal Unit
Accurately determining animal grazing demands on a pasture is half of the process to setting a proper stocking rate. When the same animals are used year after year, this can be fairly straight forward. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday April 22, 2022
Early Spring Grazing to Control Weeds
Pastures are starting to green-up. That is usually a good sign, except when most of the green is coming from weeds. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday April 20, 2022
Trigger Dates
A dry fall and winter has most of Nebraska starting spring in a moisture deficit. As we head into the growing season, assessing pasture conditions at the correct time is critical to successful planning. How can you use trigger dates to inform your drought planning this year? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday April 18, 2022
Alfalfa Irrigation Before First Cutting
Low soil moisture levels in many areas across the state may mean irrigating alfalfa before the first cutting. Many producers have already begun to water alfalfa. Have you considered this moisture building technique? Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday April 15, 2022
Pasture Alternative Forages
Drought conditions have caused significant delays in pasture green-up and dormancy break. As a result, livestock producers may be seeking alternative forages and adjusting stocking rates to compensate for decreased forage production. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Wednesday April 13, 2022
Evaluating Alfalfa Stands
Were you expecting more from last year’s alfalfa yields? Did your plants get enough time to winterize in the fall? Did this year’s open winter cause concern about winter kill? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday April 11, 2022
Spring Cereals in Alfalfa
Have you noticed any winter injury to your alfalfa fields or maybe you have some older stands that are thin? Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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