Pasture and Forage Minute

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Winter Hay Worries
Grass tetany and nitrate poisoning are issues that we typically associate with animals grazing. However, both issues can be a problem in winter when animal diets are limited by what they are fed. Is your herd safe from possible hay worries? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday, February 6, 2023
Pasture Leasing Rates
Pasture rental rates are predicted to increase by 3.5% in 2023; pegging the third consecutive year of significant rental increases. Establishing fair pasture rates can be a challenge. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Inventorying Your Remaining Forage Supply
Ground Hog Day (Feb. 2) pegs the mid-point of winter; so now may be a good time to inventory your remaining hay and forage. Remember you can’t effectively manage; what you do not measure. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Monday, January 30, 2023
Snow Cover in Pastures and Grazing Considerations
Nebraska’s last winter storm blanketed much of the state in significant snowfall. Snow cover has benefits beyond adding moisture as well as considerations when winter grazing. Samantha Daniel, Nebraska Extension Crops and Water Educator.MP3

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
RFV and RFQ
Forage tests today contain two values summarizing feed quality. While similar, understanding the unique differences of each is important to accurately value a forage. Today we will look at Relative Feed Value or RFV and Relative Forage Quality or RFQ.MP3

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Monday, January 23, 2023
Planning for Spring Annual Forages
While we are still early in the new year, it is time to start thinking about any spring annual forages that we might plant. Part of the process may be anticipating a need for extra feed or booking seed early for possible discounts.Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Deciphering a Hay Test - Protein and Energy
All hay is not created equal. Two major values we often judge hay quality on are protein and energy, both of which vary from year to year and between crops. So how do we use these values when deciding what and how much hay to feed? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator. MP3

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Monday, January 16, 2023
Reducing Fed Hay Losses
Making, transporting, and feeding hay is a large investment in time, equipment, and money. How can you reduce loss of hay during feeding to make that investment go further? Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Educator. MP3

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Wednesday January 11, 2023
Pasture Lease Drought Considerations
Drought conditions usually occur 1 out of every 5 years in Nebraska especially in the western regions. Further, when severe drought conditions occur in one year, the majority of the time...another extreme drought subsequently follows in the next growing season. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Monday January 9, 2023
Mid-winter Cornstalk Grazing
Here in mid-winter, cornstalks remain a great forage resource for livestock producers. Snow cover on cornstalks is generally not a problem for cattle as they are adept at digging their way through to get at the leaves, husks, and remaining corn that they are seeking. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday January 4, 2023
Looking Forward to 2023
As 2023 begins, we need to look back at 2022 to appreciate what grazing and forage improvements may be needed in 2023. Stick around and I will give you my thoughts on 2023 pasture management needs. Daren Redfearn, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Monday January 2, 2023
Year In Review
As humans, we often like to try and compare things to average or normal. Was the precipitation received within the expected normal range? Were temperatures for a particular season outside of normal? Was our pasture or hay production in the range we consider normal? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday December 28, 2022
Using Bad Hay And Silage
Low supply and high costs mean some less-than-ideal feedstuffs may be used this winter. Low quality, mold, and even mycotoxins can all be a risk for poor quality feeds. Can we still make use of these forage options? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday December 26, 2022
Deciphering A Hay Test - Moisture
Having hay tested for nutrient quality is critical in getting the most out of the feedstuffs you have. Once the results come back, the next step is understanding the report you’ve received. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday December 21, 2022
Critical Cold Considerations For Cattle
Livestock performance and survival is affected by wind and temperature. When this occurs, is determined by the lower critical temperature (LCT), or the threshold at which point animals need to start using energy to maintain body heat. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday December 19, 2022
Snow For Alfalfa
For alfalfa, snow is a winter gift, and the large winter storm that recently impacted most of western Nebraska brought anywhere from several inches to a few feet of the white stuff. Samantha Daniel, Nebraska Extension Crops and Water Educator.MP3

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Wednesday December 14, 2022
Net Wrap and Twine
Net wrap and twine are issues every livestock producer must address at least some point in the year. Cattle that consume too much can develop health problems. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator. MP3

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Monday December 12, 2022
Prescribed Burning For Control of Cedar Trees
Eastern red cedar trees are a significant and expanding problem across many pasture and rangeland acres in Nebraska. When fire is planned and controlled properly, it can be a very useful tool to control these unwanted plants. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday December 7, 2022
Effects of Corn Stalk Bailing and Windrowing Techniques
Baling corn stalks is becoming more and more common. Corn stalks, or corn residue, is a valuable option for beef producers to reduce feed costs. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday December 5, 2022
Grazing Through Snow and Ice
While the moisture this year is welcome, winter precipitation can bring challenges to animals grazing crop residues or stockpiled range. Not all snow is created equal however, and impacts can vary. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday November 30, 2022
Extension Ag Land Leasing Workshops
A new University of Nebraska Ag Land Leasing Management series starting in December will provide landlords and tenants timely information regarding irrigated and rain-fed cropland as well as pasture leases. Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Forage Agronomist.MP3

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Monday November 28, 2022
Saving Hay
Making, transporting, and feeding hay is a large investment in time, equipment and money. At current prices, even reducing wase a small amount can mean big savings. Can you be doing more to save hay? Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Wednesday November 23, 2022
Alfalfa As a Supplemental Protein
Choosing the right protein may help bring the cost of feed down and more accurately meet the needs of our cattle. In some rations, alfalfa might be that choice. Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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Monday November 21, 2022
Corn Stalk Quality After Weathering
Fall rain and snow are good for wheat and next year’s crops, but it does have its drawbacks. One challenge is its impact on corn stalk feed quality. Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Systems Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday November 16, 2022
Pasture Soil Sampling
With elevated fertilizer prices, determining the current fertility of pastures and hay fields through soil sampling is more important than ever. Samantha Daniel, Nebraska Extension Crops and Forage Educator.MP3

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Monday November 14, 2022
Cattle Compaction In Cropland
Are you looking for additional income from your corn acres or feed for cattle? Grazing corn residue is a low-cost winter feed source for cattle and a source of additional income for farmers without negative effects on the cropland. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator.MP3

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