Pasture and Forage Minute

Friday April 16, 2021
Haylage and Baleage Equipment and Preparations
Both haylage and baleage use the process of fermentation or ensiling to preserve forages, and require proper harvesting and storage techniques. Do you have equipment to do the job right? Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday April 14, 2021
The Right Stocking Rate
Stocking pastures with the right number of animals is one of the cornerstones of proper grazing management. It’s tempting to take the easy route and keep using the same rate year after year. After all, if it’s not broke, why fix it? But over time, could this approach do more harm than good? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday April 12, 2021
Summer Annual Grass Control
Summer annual grasses are tough weeds to deal with, especially in mixed perennial systems like pasture or hay fields. Species like foxtail, sandbur, and crabgrass begin growth late, grow fast, and produce seed. In straight alfalfa stands, several herbicide options are available, but in alfalfa grass mixes, options are limited. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Friday April 9, 2021
2021 Pasture Rental Rates
Preliminary Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market survey pasture rental rates are now posted on the Nebraska Extension Ag Economic website. The full final report is expected in early June. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Wednesday April 7, 2021
Flash Graze To Control Weeds In Pastures
Pastures are starting to green-up. That is usually a good sign, except when most of the green is coming from weeds. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 5, 2021
Grass Tetany
Fresh spring growth is a welcome site for producers looking for animal forage. However, this lush growth is also perfect conditions for a case of grass tetany. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday March 31, 2021
Planning Prescribed Burning
Late March and April is a key time period when prescribed burning of pasture and CRP lands occurs. Having a detailed burn plan is needed to make sure the work is done safely. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday March 29, 2021
Grazing Small Grains
Now that small grains and cover crops are greening up, this is the time for finalizing your forage grazing plans. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Monday March 24, 2021
Fertilizing Cool Season Grass Pastures
Fertilizing cool season grass is something many producers do each year, but one should consider forage needs, the value of the forage, and fertilizer costs. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday March 22, 2021
Evaluating Alfalfa Stands
Were you expecting more from last year’s alfalfa yields? Did your plants get enough time to winterize in the fall or are you concerned about 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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Wednesday March 17, 2021
Grass-Alfalfa Mixtures or Pure Alfalfa?
Planting a new alfalfa hay field is a pretty routine undertaking. Have you considered putting some grass in that new planting this year? Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday March 15, 2021
Oats and Italian Ryegrass For High Quality Pasture
Good quality pasture might be in short supply this spring. If you need some spring pasture, plant oats or a mix of oats and Italian ryegrass. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday March 10, 2021
Replacing Thin Alfalfa
Planting new fields of alfalfa is expensive. So many of us put off tearing up old fields and planting new ones. But is this smart? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday March 8, 2021
Dormant Spraying Alfalfa Weeds
As our weather warms, alfalfa producers are reminded to eliminate weeds in their fields before plants break dormancy. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Wednesday March 3, 2021
Deciphering A Hay Test - RFV and RFQ
Two weeks ago, we looked at Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN) or energy and understanding how it is important for the health and nutrition of livestock. TDN is used to calculate forage energy availability to meet animal needs. Today we will look at Relative Feed Value or RFV and Relative Forage Quality or RFQ. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday March 1, 2021
Energy/Protein Balance
Protein and energy are two critical components to providing our animals with a balanced ration. Unfortunately we often focus on one side of the paring or forget that digestion is a complicated process between both sets of nutrients. When this happens rations become unbalanced. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday February 24, 2021
Energy/Protein Balance
Protein and energy are two critical components to providing our animals with a balanced ration. Unfortunately we often focus on one side of the paring or forget that digestion is a complicated process between both sets of nutrients. When this happens rations become unbalanced. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday February 22, 2021
Drought Planning for the Grazing Season
The start of the growing season is just a couple of months away and last year’s drought conditions across much of Nebraska should inspire us to complete grazing and forage plans for the upcoming year. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday February 17, 2021
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. Last week we covered winter survival, let’s look at fall dormancy today. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday February 15, 2021
Deciphering a Hay Test: TDN
Last week we looked at ADF and NDF and how it is used to measure a hay sample’s fiber content which affects digestibility and forage intake which help predict animal performance. Today, we will look at Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN). Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday February 10, 2021
Winter Survival In Alfalfa
Whether you planed it originally or held off due to dry conditions in the fall, the time for spring planting alfalfa is just around the corner. Selecting the right seed is crucial, and two traits to consider are fall dormancy and winter survival. These traits are often treated the same, but are different. Today let’s look at winter survival. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday February 8, 2021
Deciphering A Hay Test: ADF and NDF
Last week, while deciphering a hay test, we looked at crude protein and how it is used for the rumen microbes and the animal itself. Today, we will look at fiber tests, Acid Detergent Fiber or ADF and Neutral Detergent Fiber or NDF. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday February 3, 2021
Deciphering A Hay Test – Crude Protein
Last week we looked at the impact moisture has on a hay analysis and how the dry and as received values are used to develop and feed a ration. Today, we’ll take a look at crude protein. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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