Pasture and Forage Minute

Friday September 25, 2020
Sample and Test Hay Before Winter Feeding
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. Find out by following instructions for sampling and testing. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday September 23, 2020
Fall Thistle Control In Pastures
As October approaches and harvest starts, don’t forget about thistles plaguing your pastures. Megan Taylor, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday September 21, 2020
Oat and Brassica Quality In Fall And Winter
Cover crops can provide great fall and early winter forage for grazing before a killing frost stops growth. After the cover crop winter freezes and turns brown and does not look good, is it still good quality? Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday September 18, 2020
Windrow Grazing
With feed cost being a top expense for many producers, one cost reducing option to consider is windrow grazing. Have you considered the advantages and pitfalls of implementing this practice in your operation Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday September 16, 2020
Alfalfa and Early Cold Stress
Cold temperatures have dominated the state of Nebraska, but what does this mean for our alfalfa stands? Megan Taylor, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday September 14, 2020
Frosted Sorghum And Prussic Acid
Colder temperatures have already caused some freezing in the Great Plains and Midwest. What have those temperature done to the foragesand how can livestock be kept safe? Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday September 11, 2020
Weedy Hay
Whether it's cattle or corn, hay or hogs, we take pride in what we produce. However, when it comes to hay, sometimes a weedy pasture or field is all that’s available, and the extra forage is needed. Can weedy bales still find use on the farm? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday September 9, 2020
Late Cut Alfalfa's Impacts On Winterization
Should you take a late cutting on alfalfa? This question is highly dependent on stress. Megan Taylor, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday September 7, 2020
Pricing Silage
How much is silage worth? What about drought or hail damaged corn silage? Setting a fair price is not always easy. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday September 4, 2020
Fall Grazing Management
Winter can be a stressful time for pasture plants. However, proper fall grazing can send them into the cold months ahead fully prepared resulting in better growth next spring. How will fall grazing management affect your pasture’s winter hardiness this year? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday September 2, 2020
Alfalfa Cutting Considerations
Dry conditions continue for much of the state of Nebraska and with fall quickly approaching what does that mean for our last alfalfa cutting? Megan Taylor, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday August 31, 2020
Nitrate Management
Dry conditions can result in high nitrates in annuals. Drought isn’t the only thing that may cause nitrate issues. Shade, frost, hail, and herbicide damage can all create nitrate issues. Grazing forages that have high nitrates can be successful, but how it is done can be the difference in life or death. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday August 28, 2020
Storage and Protection of Corn Silage
Cover the pile. Cover the silage pile with plastic. The time and money spent on chopping silage for feed does not go unnoticed, but if the pile isn't covered the loss of feed will be noticeable. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday August 26, 2020
Late Summer Pasture Weeds
Late summer always seems to be a time when weeds can become quite noticeable in pastures, especially if you are in an area that received significant August rain. Stick around to learn to deal with this problem. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday August 24, 2020
Rye, Triticale, or Wheat - Which is Best?
Are you planting or at least thinking about planting cereal rye, triticale or winter wheat for early spring forage? Which on will you choose? Daren Redfearn, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Friday August 21, 2020
Silage Moisture and Timing
The right moisture content is critical to the proper ensiling of chopped forages like corn silage. Timing your cutting by plant maturity and moisture content rather than calendar date will result in a better end product. How do you plan on timing silage harvest this year? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday August 19, 2020
Inoculating Corn Silage
Silage is only as good as we can harvest it and store it, but then we also need to feed it. Adding inoculates might be one way to help. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday August 17, 2020
Fall vs. Spring Planting Alfalfa
To fall plant alfalfa or wait till spring? That is a question coming down to the wire for some producers in Nebraska, so which one really is best? Megan Taylor, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday August 14, 2020
Hay Storage
A number of factors go into ensuring a quality hay crop is harvested each year. However, management can’t stop once hay leaves the field. Proper storage of hay may be just as important for a quality forage. Don’t let your efforts to put up quality hay be wasted by poor storage. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday August 12, 2020
Irrigated Grass Pastures
Marginal returns from irrigated corn or a need for more pasture are causing many folks to consider irrigated pasture to solve both problems. Stick around if you're one of them. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday August 10, 2020
Evaluating Alfalfa This Fall
Have questions establishing alfalfa this fall? Maybe you are establishing alfalfa for the first time? Even if you are an old pro here are a few things to think about! Megan Taylor, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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