Pasture and Forage Minute

Thursday April 12, 2024
Controlling Winter Annual Weeds
Now is the time to control winter annual weeds in alfalfa. Thinned alfalfa stands combined with open soil and adequate moisture can result in weed pressure. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Wednesday April 10, 2024
Drought Recovery
Drought damage to a pasture is easy to notice while moisture is lacking, however, the harm done can last, even when rain returns. What can you do to aid in recovery? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday April 8, 2024
Pasture And Livestock Management Using Drones
Producers face a variety of challenges when managing livestock herds and the forage crops grown to feed them. In many ways, technology can help streamline management improving operation efficiency and productivity. An important and increasingly popular example of this technology is drones. Samantha Daniel, Nebraska Extension Crops and Water Educator.MP3

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Friday April 5, 2024
Wheat Grazing vs Grain Value
Cereal grains like wheat can be grown for dual purpose production in central and southern plains states. Usually, wheat can be grazed without reducing grain yields when animals are removed from fields just prior to the jointing growth stage when immature wheat heads move up the stems if nutrients and water are not limited. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Wednesday April 3, 2024
Double Cropping Forage
There are many producers looking at looking at ways to grow more forage for hay or pasture. Double cropping annual forages on irrigated cropland can be an option. With timely and adequate moisture, this can also be successful dryland as well. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 1, 2024
Grass Tetany
Fresh spring growth is a welcome site for producers looking for animal forage. However, lush spring growth may be the perfect condition for a case of grass tetany. While turn out may be a ways off, mitigating this risk starts now.Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday March 27, 2024
Evaluating Alfalfa Stands – Stand Counts
Were you expecting more from last year’s alfalfa yields? Did your plants get enough time to winterize in the fall? Do you have concerns about stand winter kill? Evaluating your alfalfa stand in the spring is key to planning management and setting expectations for this year. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday March 25, 2024
Fertilizing Cool-Season Grass
Fertilizing cool-season grass pastures or hayfields is something producers do each year while accounting for forage needs, moisture, the value of the forage, and fertilizer costs. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday March 20, 2024
Spring Alfalfa Plant Evaluation
As temperatures begin to rise, don’t’ forget to take a bit of time to assess alfalfa stand health going into this year’s growing season. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday March 18, 2024
Grass and Alfalfa Mixtures
Inter-seeding cool-season perennial grasses into older alfalfa stands has been a good option to increase the productivity of that field. If planning a new alfalfa seeding this year, using a grass and alfalfa mixture can also have some advantages. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday March 13, 2024
Alfalfa Weevil Prep
As spring approaches, it is a good idea to start thinking about the insects that will be emerging and subsequently feeding on alfalfa, particularly alfalfa weevil. Samantha Daniel, Nebraska Extension Crops and Water Educator.MP3

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Monday March 11, 2024
Farm and Ranch Stress
Farming and ranching occupations are among the most stressful jobs in America, based on factors that affect a producer’s financial, physical, and mental health. Shannon Sand, Nebraska Ag Economics Extension Educator.MP3

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Wednesday March 6, 2024
Spring Planting Alfalfa
Alfalfa can be successfully seeded in the Spring or Fall depending on field weed pressure; moisture conditions; and timing. Once established, perennial alfalfa plants can complete well with weeds. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Monday March 4, 2024
Grazing Management After A Wildlife
There have been several wildfires this spring that have affected range and pasturelands across Nebraska and that threat will continue until we have new, green grass growth later this spring. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday February 28, 2024
Fall Dormancy in Alfalfa
The time for spring planting alfalfa is just around the corner and two traits often confused, are fall dormancy and winter survival. Let’s look at fall dormancy today. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday February 26, 2024
Planning Summer Grazing
While we are still just in late winter, it is never too early to start thinking about the coming spring and summer’s grazing and forage plans. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday February 21, 2024
Winter Survival in Alfalfa
The time for spring planting alfalfa is just around the corner, and selecting the right seed is crucial. Two traits we should take extra time to consider are fall dormancy and winter survival. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday February 19, 2024
Pasture Leasing Rates
Pasture rental rates are something many have questions about. By looking at changes in the cattle market prices, productivity factors influencing rental rates, and other factors we can estimate pasture rates will likely be similar to 2023 or slightly higher depending on the region. Shannon Sand, Nebraska Ag Economics Extension Educator.MP3

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Wednesday February 14, 2024
High Quality Hay After Calving
Good cow nutrition is crucial following calving to get cows rebred. Today, let's look at the reason for using our top tier hay after calves hit the ground. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday February 12, 2024
Frost Seeding or Interseeding Legumes
Are you looking to increase production from pastures or hay fields? Frost seeding or interseeding legumes might just work in your operation. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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