Range and Forage

August 18, 2022
When Drought Stressed Pastures Look Dormant
Persistent drought conditions across the state means some pastures are in poor condition which leads to nutrient challenges for cattle. Nebraska Extension Specialist Karla Wilke talks about supplement strategies for producers. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/when-drought-stressed-pastures-look-dormant-july

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Wednesday July 27, 2022
2022 Forage Field Day
The upcoming forage field day will be held August 4th at the Haskell Ag Lab near Concord. Nebraska Extension Forage Systems Educator Ben Beckman talks about what attendees can expect during this year’s field day.MP3
https://go.unl.edu/2022foragefieldday

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June 16, 2022
Baleage or Haylage
Baleage or haylage are often terms that are used interchangeably, but there are differences. Nebraska Extension Specialist Brad Schick explains what these differences are and how either can be beneficial to your operation. MP3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCVivNkNm2g

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Wednesday June 1, 2022
Poisonous Pasture Plants
While generally not as problematic in Nebraska compared to other western states, poisonous plants can exact their toll on livestock. Nebraska Extension Range and Forage 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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Friday May 27, 2022
Scouting for Alfalfa Weevil
Alfalfa weevil larvae have been reported in southeast Nebraska and as temperatures warm up, they will quickly move to other parts of the state. Bob Wright, Nebraska Extension Entomologist says early detection is the key to getting the problem under control.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2021/scouting-advised-alfalfa-weevil

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Thursday May 19, 2022
Blister Beetles
Blister beetles in your forage can be a major problem, especially for horses. Nebraska Extension Educator Dave Boxler talks about blister beetles and how you can control them.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2020/blister-beetle-alfalfa

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Friday May 6, 2022
Controlling Musk Thistle
One invasive weed that is very difficult to control is musk thistle. Nebraska Extension Educator Gary Stone talks about how thistles can take over areas quickly if ignored.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2020/nebraska-invasive-weed-musk-thistle

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Tuesday May 3, 2022
Range Monitoring
Monitoring is key to rangeland and pasture management. Bethany Johnston from the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition talks about simple tips and techniques to monitor your rangelands that will help keep it growing and vibrant for years to come.MP3
https://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/html/g2212/build/g2212.htm

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Friday April 15, 2022
Pastures and Drought
Dry weather has been a problem this past winter and could have serious effects on pastureland this season according to Nebraska Extension Educator Ben Beckman.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/pastures-and-drought-response-and-impact

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Wednesday April 6, 2022
Spring Small Grain Grazing
Small grain pastures are very a useful resource in the spring. Nebraska Extension Associate Educator Todd Whitney talks about how early grazing on small grains can give your other pastures a chance to grow before turning your cattle on them. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/grazing-winter-small-grains

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Wednesday March 16, 2022
Targeted Grazing to Manage Cheatgrass
Winter annuals like cheatgrass provide a grazing opportunity well before the rest of a pasture has greened up. Mitch Stephenson, Nebraska Extension Range Management Specialist says with such fast maturity, the window of opportunity from high quality to unpalatable forage may only be a few weeks.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2020/targeted-grazing-manage-cheatgrass

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Thursday March 3, 2022
Managing for Heterogeneity on Sandhill Rangeland
It’s been said that the Nebraska Sandhills were made for raising cattle. Nebraska Extension Range Specialist Mitch Stephenson talks about the ideal conditions in the Sandhills and gives some management tips for producers to keep it that way.MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2021/managing-heterogeneity-rangelands-nebraska-sandhills

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Wednesday March 2, 2022
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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Thursday February 10, 2022
Planning for Spring Annual Forages
Having a good plan for your spring annual forages is critical to getting them planted when warmer weather comes around. Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Specialist, Jerry Volesky talks about what kinds of forage to plant and how to manage them during the early spring. MP3
https://beef.unl.edu/beefwatch/2022/planning-spring-annual-forages

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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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