Ben Beckman - Extension Educator

Sorghum-sudan cover crop plant damaged by a light frost last week.

Forage Hazards Following a Freeze Event

October 10, 2019
With many of Nebraska’s acres in cover crop mixtures due to prevented planting, it's important to make a quick check of your acres after a freeze and before grazing or feeding as some plants may be hazardous if fed incorrectly.

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Figure 1. This wheat field just off the Cedar River near Fullerton has 4-6 inches of sediment from spring flooding. Prevented planting and cover crops can help protect against soil erosion and provide feed for cattle. (Photo by Megan Taylor)
Figure 1. This wheat field just off the Cedar River near Fullerton has 4-6 inches of sediment from spring flooding. Prevented planting and cover crops can help protect against soil erosion and provide feed for cattle. (Photo by Megan Taylor)

Prevented Planting and Cover Crops

June 21, 2019
This week when the USDA Risk Management Agency changed the deadline for grazing, cutting, or haying cover crops planted on prevented planting acres to Sept. 1, new options opened up for selecting cover crops to best meet the end use and to provide higher quality feed for cattle. Learn about what to consider when selecting cover crops and how your choices can affect prevented planting payments.

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