Bruce Anderson - Extension Forage Specialist

Bruce Anderson

(faculty)
Work KEIM 314
Lincoln NE 68583-0915
US
Work 402-472-6237 On-campus 2-6237

Faculty Bio

Assessing Freeze Injury to Alfalfa April 28, 2017

While several areas of the state experienced lows below 28°F this week, widespread alfalfa losses are not expected at this time.

If you're concerned about whether your alfalfa may have suffered frost injury, remember that frozen alfalfa usually needs some time to recover before damage can be estimated.

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Postemergence Weed Control in Alfalfa April 21, 2017

Are you finding weeds in your new alfalfa?  Vigorous weed growth this spring may make it extra tough for your seedlings as weeds reduce growth of new alfalfa by shading and competing for moisture. 

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Putting Carryover Hay to Good Use April 11, 2017

If you were left with more hay than you expected after the open winter, save some in case of drought and then plan how to use the rest strategically to extend its value. 

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Firm Seedbeds For Planting Grasses And Alfalfa April 10, 2017

Before planting alfalfa or grass this spring, take time to ensure that your seedbed is firm and ready to nurture seedlings.

Walk acoss the field, looking back at your footprints.  Do you sink in more deeply than the soles of your shoes or boots?  If so, your seedbed may be too soft.

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Wrapping Hay to Beat the Weather April 10, 2017

If rain damage often plagues your hay making, you might consider using plastic wrap this year. Try baling it tough, then wrapping it with stretch plastic wrap to keep water and air out while keeping nutrients in.

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Applying Manure Before Seeding Alfalfa April 7, 2017

If you're looking for a place to spread manure, a heavy dose before planting alfalfa can pay big dividends. Applying manure before seeding alfalfa may seem counter productive since alfalfa is not likely to benefit from any nitrogen in the manure, but manure also is rich in phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, and many micronutrients that alfalfa needs in large quantities.

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Reduce the Cost of Planting Roundup Ready Alfalfa March 23, 2017

Roundup Ready alfalfa seed can be expensive, but establishing a new field may not cost as much as you think if you follow these recommendations.

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Pre-Season Alfalfa Irrigation May be Advisable March 23, 2017

With low soil moisture levels in many areas of the state, early spring often is the best time to irrigate alfalfa. A good goal would be to have at least six feet of soil at field capacity at first cutting. Irrigating now also helps build a reserve water source to encourage deeper rooting.

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