Pasture and Forage Minute

Friday July 19, 2024
Stable Fly Management in Pastures
Despite their name, stable flies can be a significant annoyance and cause economic losses in pastured cattle, not just those confined in feedlots and dairies. Samantha Daniel, Nebraska Extension Crops & Water Educator.MP3

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Wednesday July 17, 2024
Mid Season Forage Check
Assessing forage stores now, while plants are still growing and hay is being harvested, helps close forage gaps, manage surplus, and ensure quality use later. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday July 15, 2024
Nebraska Grazing Conference 2024
Make plans now to attend the 2024 Nebraska Grazing Conference in Kearney at the Younes Conference Center on August 6 and 7. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Friday July 12, 2024
Water Quality and Blue-Green Algae
When cattle are on pasture, both forage and water quality are important for healthy animals. Surface water is particularly prone to quality issues, such as blue-green algae, salinity, mineral concentrations, or nitrate. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday July 10, 2024
Control of Flies in Pastures & Rangeland
In Nebraska, there are two species of flies that cause the most economic injury to pasture and rangeland cattle. Selection of an appropriate control method for each will depend on the time of year; the efficacy, cost, convenience of the treatment; and your herd management practices. Samantha Daniel, Nebraska Extension Crops and Water Educator.MP3

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Monday July 8, 2024
Grazing Summer Annual Forages
Summer annual forages such as sudangrass, sorghum-sudan hybrids and pearl millet planted this spring soon could be ready to graze. There are some grazing guidelines to help avoid potential hazards. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Friday, July 5, 2024
Subirrigated Meadow Hay Harvest
July traditionally means the beginning of the haying season for Sandhills subirrigated meadows. A key point related to the quality of meadow hay is harvest date. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday, July 3, 2024
Grazing With The Weather
Precipitation and temperature play major roles in pasture productivity, and knowing how to adjust grazing to match current conditions is key. Are you shifting your management to meet pasture conditions? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday, July 1, 2024
Summer Heat and Forage Growth
When summer temperature stress increases, how do these higher temperatures potentially impact our pasture and forage plants? Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Friday, June 28, 2024
Alfalfa Weevil Feeding on Regrowth
Since the first cutting of alfalfa has been completed in much of the state, Nebraska producers may be tempted to believe our troubles with alfalfa weevil are over. Unfortunately, this may not be the case. Samantha Daniel, Nebraska Extension Crops and Water Educator.MP3

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Alfalfa Rain Delay
Continued rain this year is a blessing to keep pastures and fields growing and green. However, short drying windows may make alfalfa harvest tricky. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday, June 24, 2024
Managing Windrow Diseases 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. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Friday, June 21, 2024
Pasture Grasshopper Management
A survey of last year’s adult grasshopper populations and below average rainfall amounts are leading to economic levels of grasshoppers in some pastures. Areas most at risk are southwest, southcentral, and western Nebraska. Samantha Daniels, Nebraska Extension Crops & Water Educator. MP3

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Poison Hemlock and Livestock
Have you noticed tall weeds with umbrella-like white flowers in pastures, ditchbanks and along the roadsides? It may be poison hemlock a toxic plant to both people and livestock. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator. MP3

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Monday, June 17, 2024
Controlling Yucca on Rangeland
Yucca plants, which are also called soapweed, can be quite common on rangeland in western and central Nebraska. They are especially noticeable here in June when flowering. 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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Friday June 14, 2024
Irrigating Alfalfa In-Season
Irrigation season usually is in full swing during early June. However, spring rains have reversed drought conditions across most of Nebraska for the first time in four years. So, what are alfalfa irrigation suggestions for summer? Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Wednesday June 12, 2024
Hail in Pasture and Hay
When hailstorms hit, row crops often get the most attention, but perennial forages can take a beating too. So, what should you do when hail strikes your pasture or hay field? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday June 10, 2024
Poisonous Pasture Plants
While poisonous plants are generally not as problematic in Nebraska compared to other western states, they can exact their toll on livestock enterprises, and many times the losses are unrecognized. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Friday June 7, 2024
Pasture Weed Management After Drought
Pasture grass root injury caused by drought and/or wildfire can extend into the next grazing season. If grass stands have only been slightly damaged, then recovery can be quick, especially with proper weed control, fertility and deferred grazing management. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Wednesday June 5, 2024
Checking in on Alfalfa
It's time for the first cutting of alfalfa, and as you're out in the fields, it's a prime opportunity to spot any issues and plan corrective actions. But what should you be looking for? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday June 3, 2024
Livestock Water on Pasture
As late spring and summer temperatures begin to heat up and cattle are on pasture, it’s important to make sure there is adequate water for livestock. How much do cattle need and where should it come from? Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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