Pasture and Forage Minute

Friday September 23, 2022
Early Harvest For Early Corn Stalks
With many pastures short, high hay prices, and drought-stressed crops maturing more quickly, harvesting some corn a little early could provide corns stalks for grazing or baling. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday September 21, 2022
Check Imported Hay
Are you looking to buy hay? Can’t find anything local? When you finally do find hay, don’t also bring undesired pests to your farm or ranch along with that imported hay.MP3

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Monday September 19, 2022
Testing Hay Quality
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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Friday September 16, 2022
Grazing High Nitrate Cornstalks
Extended drought is challenging livestock producers to carefully manage their fall cornstalks grazing. High nitrate levels may be not only in rainfed (dryland) fields, but also in pivot corners or field edges where plants have been severely moisture stressed. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Wednesday September 14, 2022
Late Summer Pasture Weeds
Late summer always seems to be a time when weeds can become quite noticeable in pastures. Are you prepared to handle this late-summer nuisance? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday September 12, 2022
Winter Annual Forages
Are you planting or at least thinking about planting wheat, rye, or triticale for forage next spring? Which of these small grains should you plant this fall? Let’s look at some of their characteristics to help you select. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Friday September 9, 2022
Alfalfa Last Cutting
Has the decision been made for when the last cutting of alfalfa will happen? This year it might not be an easy decision. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday September 7, 2022
Late Fall Alfalfa Irrigation
This year’s drought has led to an extremely long irrigation season with very little rainfall relief. However, avoid the temptation to shut off your alfalfa irrigation applications too early. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Monday September 5, 2022
Control of Winter Annual Bromes
Was cheatgrass, sometimes called downy brome, or wild oats abundant in your pastures this spring? Although difficult, they can be controlled and your pasture revitalized. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Friday September 2, 2022
Soybeans For Forage
With drought plaguing Nebraska and surrounding states this year, producers may want to salvage soybeans as forage instead of for grain. Many can remember when soybeans were only used for forage many decades ago, so it can definitely be done. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday August 31, 2022
Late Season Grasshopper Control
Current drought conditions throughout much of Nebraska have created an environment conducive to grasshoppers. If grasshopper levels have reached threshold, treatment with an insecticide may be feasible as long as pre-harvest intervals are considered. Samantha Daniel, Nebraska Extension Crops and Forage Educator.MP3

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Monday August 29, 2022
Alfalfa Evaluation and Renovation
Were you expecting more from your alfalfa yields this year or had a disappointing spring seeding? Is it time to renovate or move on? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday August 26, 2022
Dealing with Night Nitrates
High feed costs mean every forage is important this year, even those that may be high in nitrate due to stress from drought. Doing so requires testing and careful management. Are you prepared? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday August 24, 2022
Valuing Drought Forage
Fair pricing of drought-stressed forage can be a challenge when harvest costs are higher per ton along with lower yields and reduced energy values due to drought. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Monday August 22, 2022
Late Summer Planting of Alfalfa or Grass
Whether it is a new stand of alfalfa or cool-season grasses, late summer is an ideal planting time. These forages planted at this time establish well and usually have much less weed pressure. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Friday August 19, 2022
Dealing with Night Nitrates
High feed costs mean every forage is important this year, even those that may be high in nitrate due to stress from drought. Doing so requires testing and careful management. Are you prepared? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday August 17, 2022
Storage Methods to Reduce Hay Losses
Hay is a very valuable commodity this year. So, as you bring in your round bales for winter storage and feeding, store them to minimize weather losses. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday August 15, 2022
Drought Corn for Silage
High input costs and dry conditions mean making the most out of every forage opportunity critical this year. If corn fields aren’t producing a grain crop, can we capture value in other ways? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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