Pasture and Forage Minute

Monday November 29, 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 the report you’ve received. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday November 24, 2021
Grazing Corn Residue and Cattle Compaction
Many crop producers are concerned that trampling from cattle grazing corn residue negatively affects crop yields. But when grazed at proper stocking rates, small but positive effects on crop production after grazing have been observed. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday November 22, 2021
Test Before Feeding Corn Stalk Bales
Corn stalk bales will provide much needed feed this winter for many producers. If you’re one of them, be sure to feed them effectively. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday November 17, 2021
Transporting Cows to Stalks
When it comes to feeding cows during the winter, producers have a wide variety of forage and feed sources to choose from, with unique costs and benefits for each. How can you decide which option is best for your operation? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday November 15, 2021
Fall Grazing of Alfalfa
In the fall, a common question is: “when Is my alfalfa safe to graze?” There can be several different scenarios from which it comes. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday November 10, 2021
Alfalfa Soil Sampling
How did alfalfa fields fare this year? Drought, fall armyworms, and now fertilizer prices will affect what management decisions are made. This makes soil sampling this fall even more important. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday November 8, 2021
Grazing Stockpiled Grass During Winter
Grazing stockpiled winter range or pastures has several benefits. It is much less costly compared to feeding hay. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday November 3, 2021
Grazing Corn Stalks
Having corn stalks to graze is a great resource for livestock producers. For dry cows, it is a relatively inexpensive feed that can typically meet or come very close to meeting nutritional needs. Grazing can also help get rid of corn remaining in the field and help reduce volunteer corn the following year. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday November 1, 2021
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 October 27, 2021
Halloween Hay and Growing Degree Days
Allowing for alfalfa to winterize before dormancy is a key factor preventing winter kill across a stand. Traditionally, my recommendation has been to time the last cutting for roughly 6 weeks before the first frost. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday October 25, 2021
Fall Grazing Small Grains
If you were able to get a small grain cover crop in early, chances are you’re seeing a fair amount of fall growth now. With forage tight this year, this new forage may be attractive, but do you know the cost of grazing now? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday October 20, 2021
Nightshade in Corn Residue
Have you noticed any black nightshade in your corn stalks that you are grazing or plan to graze? If these fields have too much black nightshade, be careful, it might be toxic. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday October 18, 2021
Planning For Forage
No matter what forage you use, establishing and managing a forage system takes time and planning to ensure a return. With shortages and high costs for fertilizer and seed on the horizon, planning out your next steps for a forage crop has never been more important. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday October 15, 2021
Fall Irrigation on Alfalfa
There have been many stressors on alfalfa fields this year, from early weevils to drought and hail and now fall armyworms and cutworms. Can fall irrigation help with stand stress? Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday October 13, 2021
Reducing Yucca in Rangeland
Yucca plants, which are also called soapweed, can be quite common on rangeland in western and central Nebraska. In some areas, they can be quite thick and significantly reduce grass production. There are ways, though, to reclaim those grazinglands. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday October 11, 2021
Prussic Acid And Frost
With a warmer than usual fall so far, we’ve been able to graze later in the year with few concerns. However, cold temperatures are not far off and with our first freezes of the year comes the risk of prussic acid in sorghum species. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday October 8, 2021
Ammoniating Forages
With dry conditions across the state this summer, we may be low on forage reserves. Ammoniating low quality hay or crop residues may be a cheap way to stretch feed. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday October 6, 2021
Grain Sorghum Stover / Stalks Grazing
Grain sorghum stover compares favorably to corn regarding fall & winter stalks grazing, and livestock producers are encouraged to utilize corn and sorghum crop residues remaining after harvest. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Monday October 4, 2021
Fall Pasture Management
While truly cold weather may still be a few weeks away, how we manage fall pastures can impact plant health through the winter and ultimately production next spring. Are you giving your pastures proper care this fall? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday October 1, 2021
Fall Armyworms
Fall armyworms are continuing to be a problem in the eastern half of Nebraska causing significant damage to pastures and alfalfa fields. But what about newly seeded alfalfa, newly seeded small grains, and emerging cover crops?MP3

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Wednesday September 29, 2021
Soybean Residue for Forage
Cows are often put on soybean residue in order to get them off pasture when other forage options are unavailable. Soybean residue or stubble may also be baled and used in rations. But what is the quality of grazed or baled soybean residue?MP3

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Monday September 27, 2021
Fall Thistle Control
Did you spray thistles this past spring and summer? If so, it would be a good idea to revisit those areas as there are likely some remaining or new growth that has occurred. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Friday September 24, 2021
Fall Forage Residue Options
Fall harvest provides many valuable forage options for ag. producers. For some growers, early high moisture corn harvest is providing strong basis prices. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Wednesday September 22, 2021
Grazing For Interseeding
Pastures and hay meadows provide higher quality feed, are more productive, and require fewer inputs when they have good forage legumes growing in them. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday September 20, 2021
Hay Testing
Do you know the quality of the hay or silage that you harvested this past season? It is important to know how much protein and energy your cows will get when you start feeding, or how much supplement to feed. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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