Range and Forage

Wednesday April 7, 2021
Range Management During Drought
Managing ranges during drought conditions can be difficult. Western Nebraska has suffered dry conditions, but Nebraska Extension Specialist Mitch Stephenson says range plants are resilient and can be helped by a good range management plan.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu

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Tuesday March 30, 2021
Targeted Grazing to Manage Cheatgrass
As pastures are beginning to turn green, some fields may be seeing cheatgrass spring up in larger populations. University of Nebraska Range Management Specialist Mitch Stephenson offers some tips on grazing in these fields.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/targeted-grazing-manage-cheatgrass

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Wednesday March 10, 2021
Managing Sandhills Rangeland for Heterogeneity
The Nebraska Sandhills are one of the most intact grasslands in the Great Plains of North America. Nebraska Extension Range Management Specialist Mitch Stephenson talks about keeping these unique qualities on a sandhills ranch.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/managing-heterogeneity-rangelands-nebraska-sandhills

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Thursday November 12, 2020
9 Percent Protein Hay vs. 7 Percent Protein Hay
A small percentage of protein in hay forage for cattle can make all the difference in farm economics. Nebraska Extension Educator Hannah Greenwell talks about how producers need to examine the bottom line when it comes to feeding their cattle lower protein hay. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/do-you-know-difference-between-9-and-7-crude-protein-hay

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Wednesday November 11, 2020
Planning for Forage Shortages
Forage shortages are becoming a concern for cattle producers in Nebraska. Recent issues with drought conditions have made quality and quantity a problem according to UNL Beef Cattle Nutritionist Travis Mulliniks. MP3
https://ianrnews.unl.edu/panhandle-perspectives-planning-shortage-forage

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Wednesday September 30, 2020
Pasture Overgrazing
Forage quality has suffered this year due to drought conditions. Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator Brad Schick talks about how to keep your pastures from being overgrazed.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/overgrazing-pastures

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Friday August 21, 2020
2020 Grazing Land Value
Nebraska Extension Ag Economist Jim Jansen talks about how grazing ag land in Nebraska has increased in value over the last year. MP3
https://agecon.unl.edu/2020-nebraska-farm-real-estate-report

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Friday August 7, 2020
Pollinators and Rangeland
Pollinators play a key role in our food production and that is also true when it comes to the health of our ecosystem and rangelands. UNL Range Management Specialist Mitch Stephenson talks about the importance of pollinators and their connection to productive rangelands.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/pollinators-and-nebraska-rangelands

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Tuesday July 28, 2020
2020 Grazing Conference
Nebraska Extension is offering free online zoom meetings for this year’s Grazing conference. Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist Daren Redfearn says the conference will focus on weather patterns, forage shortages and managing woody plants in pasture and rangeland.MP3
https://grassland.unl.edu/nebraska-grazing-conference

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Thursday June 4, 2020
Musk Thistle
If you had musk thistles last year, chances are you’ll have them again this spring. Nebraska Extension Educator Gary Stone says the current rosette growth form is the ideal stage for controlling these plants this spring.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2020/nebraska-invasive-weed-musk-thistle

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Tuesday June 2, 2020
Flooded Sandhills Sub-irrigated Meadows and Upland Sites
Standing water in sandhill ranges could potentially alter the plant community. Nebraska Extension Range Management Specialist Mitch Stephenson discusses strategies ranchers need to be aware of when dealing with above average precipitation and the effects it has on their rangeland.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/flooded-sandhills-subirrigated-meadows-and-upland-sites

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Tuesday May 19, 2020
Freeze Damage to Alfalfa
Alfalfa stands across much of the state were damaged by sub-freezing temperatures. Nebraska Extension Forages Specialist Bruce Anderson talks about assessing freeze damage to alfalfa and the best management strategies moving forward.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2020/freeze-damage-alfalfa

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Wednesday May 13, 2020
Rangeland Monitoring
Conducting rangeland monitoring is an important task to help managers understand how rangeland management practices affect plant communities and soil health. Bethany Johnston from the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition says a new network of knowledge exchange between cattle producers and scientists can help this data become more meaningful.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/what-should-my-pastures-look-interpreting-rangeland-monitoring-data

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Tuesday April 21, 2020
Prescribed Burning for Cedar Tree Control
Controlling invasive red cedar trees on your pastures can be a challenge. Cattle rancher Lisa McMillan talks about what procedures and equipment they use to keep the cedar tree population in control on their operation.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/prescribed-burning-cedar-tree-control-%E2%80%93-producer%E2%80%99s-perspective

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Friday April 10, 2020
Targeted Grazing to Manage Cheatgrass
As pastures are beginning to turn green, some fields may be seeing Cheatgrass in larger populations. University of Nebraska Range Management Specialist Mitch Stephenson offers some tips on grazing in these fields.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/targeted-grazing-manage-cheatgrass

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Tuesday March 31, 2020
Replanting Options For Flooded Sandhills Hay Meadows
Wet weather might cause problems for low lying Sandhills hay meadows. Emeritus Extension Educator Denny Bauer talks about what options you have for re-seeding flooded areas.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu

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Thursday March 26, 2020
Non-Traditional Forage Pricing
Finding the best price for both sellers and buyers of non-traditional forages can be problematic. Nebraska Extension Educator Ben Beckman talks about doing some research and a little math to help everyone get the forage they need at a good price.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/price-right

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