Range and Forage

December 24, 2021
Corn Stalk Bale Value
Baling corn stalk as a roughage option for feed makes sense due to other sources being expensive and difficult to get. Nebraska Extension Educator Ben Beckman talks about the benefits of baling corn stalks. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/valuing-corn-stalk-bales

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Wednesday December 15, 2021
The Value of Grassland
Nebraska was a prairie state when it was first settled and much of it was suited for raising cattle. Nebraska Extension Specialist Mitch Stephenson talks about why our grasses are so valuable for our cattle operations.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/understanding-value-grass-nebraska

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Wednesday December 8, 2021
Reducing Yucca in Rangeland
Yucca plants, which are also called soapweed, can be quite thick and significantly reduce grass production on rangelands in western and central Nebraska. Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Specialist Jerry Volesky talks about ways to reclaim those grazing lands.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/reducing-yucca-rangeland

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Thursday October 14, 2021
Economic Considerations for Converting Cropland to Perennial Grazing Land
Converting cropland to pastures takes a lot of planning and effort. Nebraska Extension Forage and Crop Residue Specialist Daren Redfearn talks about what producers should keep in mind before making cropland into grazing land.MP3
https://cap.unl.edu/crops/economic-considerations-converting-cropland-perennial-grazing-lands

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Wednesday September 15, 2021
Managing Rangeland After an Unexpected Fire
Many wildfires have been happening in the panhandle due to dry conditions. Nebraska Extension Range Management Specialist Mitch Stephenson talks about how to manage rangeland after an unplanned wildfire.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/documents/ianr-pubs/forages-pasture/ec160-Mgt-after-wildfire.pdf

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Monday September 6, 2021
What to do with High Nitrate Forage
Dealing with high nitrate concentration in forages can be a real headache for producers. Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Specialist Mary Drewnoski talks about what options producers have to manage nitrates.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/what-do-high-nitrate-forage

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Wednesday September 1, 2021
Overgrazing Pastures
Overgrazing pastures especially during drought conditions can cause long term damage. Nebraska Extension Educator Brad Schick says producers should monitor pastures closely and have a backup plan if conditions begin to decline.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/overgrazing-pastures

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Thursday July 29, 2021
2021 Grazing Conference
The 21st annual Nebraska Grazing Conference will be held in Kearney August 9th through the 11th. Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Specialist Daren Redfearn says the conference is for people with an interest in the utilization and conservation of our grazing lands, and a desire to learn the most current information on grazing livestock systems.MP3
https://grassland.unl.edu/nebraska-grazing-conference

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Tuesday July 27, 2021
2021 Forage Field Days
Livestock owners, forage producers, and those interested in forage production are encouraged to attend the 2021 Forage August 4th and 5th at the Haskell Ag Research Lab near Concord. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator says seminars will examine the challenges of growing, harvesting and storing forage especially during this summer’s drought conditions.MP3
https://ianrnews.unl.edu/2021-forage-field-day-events-planned-south-dakota-nebraska

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Wednesday July 21, 2021
Forage Qualities Impact on Intake and Animal Performance
Drought conditions have caused some serious problems with forage for cattle this season. Nebraska Extension Range Production Specialist Travis Mulliniks talks about how that can affect animal performance.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/quality-forage-and-impacts-intake-and-animal-performance

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Thursday July 8, 2021
Poisonous Pasture Plants
Drought can cause a problem when it comes to forage and the rise of potentially poisonous plants in pastures. Nebraska Extension Specialist Jerry Volesky talks about what to look for and how to manage poisonous plants.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/pasture-and-forage-minute-poisonous-pasture-plants

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Wednesday June 2, 2021
Invasive Musk Thistle
Proper identification and quick action are critical to controlling musk thistle. Nebraska Extension Educator Gary Stone talks about getting a head start in keeping this weed from taking over.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2020/nebraska-invasive-weed-canada-thistle

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Friday April 23, 2021
Prescribed Burns
Renewing your pastures and controlling eastern red cedar can be accomplished by a prescribed burn. Nebraska Extension Range Forage Specialist Jerry Volesky says prescribed burns can rejuvenate pasture lands and keep eastern red cedar from taking over. MP3
https://extensionpubs.unl.edu/publication/9000016364801/conducting-a-prescribed-burn-and-prescribed-burning-checklist/

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Monday April 19, 2021
Small Grain Grazing
Grazing your livestock on small grains is a good way to not have to feed them hay for the time being. Nebraska Extension 4-H Educator Todd Whitney says there are a few recommendations to keep in mind when grazing small grains.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/grazing-winter-small-grains

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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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