Ben Beckman - Extension Educator

Hay meadow

Pasture and Forage Minute: Harvesting Small Grains, Fertilizing Hay Meadows and Selecting Summer Annual Grass

May 13, 2021
A review of strategies for harvesting small grains as hay or silage, plus fertilizing summer hay meadows for extra hay next winter and how to select the right summer annual grasses for your operation. 

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Pasture and Forage Minute: Weed Control and Cross Fencing Strategies

May 4, 2021
Extension educators discuss methods for controlling musk thistles in pastures this spring, plus recommendations on herbicides for alfalfa weeds and using electric fence as a cross fencing tool to encourage more uniform grazing.

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Cattle grazing pasture
If turned out early enough, cattle will successfully graze reed canarygrass, which is very nutritional at a young growth stage (less than 10 inches tall).

Pasture and Forage Minute: Spring Turn-out Strategies, Seedbed Preparation and Grazing Reed Canarygrass

April 27, 2021
In this week's Pasture and Forage Minute, Extension educators discuss the best time and location for spring turn-out and how to encourage cattle to graze reed canarygrass.

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Pasture grass

Pasture and Forage Minute: Alfalfa Growth and Seeding Concerns, Selecting Herbicides

April 19, 2021
Maximize water usage in your alfalfa fields this year with tried-and-true techniques, such as adding cereals and no-till seeding.

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Cattle in pasture
If there are changes to your animal intake or pasture productivity, it can disrupt the balance of your stocking rate. Annual evaluation is necessary to maintain an equitable distribution of animals on your pastures.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Adjusting Stocking Rates, Baleage Equipment and Summer Annual Grass Control

April 15, 2021
Extension Educators Ben Beckman and Brad Schick review the importance of analyzing and adjusting stocking rates, equipment required for proper haylage and baleage, and controlling pesky summer annual grasses.

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Controlling Summer Annual Grasses in Forages

April 8, 2021
Control of summer annual grasses in pasture or hay fields can be difficult, but with the right planning, it shouldn’t be impossible.

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Cattle grazing pasture

Pasture and Forage Minute: Preventing Grass Tetany, Flash Grazing for Early Weed Control

April 7, 2021
Extension specialists share techniques for preventing grass tetany and controlling weeds in warm-season grass pastures, plus a review on pasture rental rates in 2021.

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Alfalfa plant
Spring is a good time to evaluate alfalfa stands to plan your management strategy.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Assessing Alfalfa and Fertilizer Needs

March 31, 2021
Were your alfalfa yields lower than expected last year? Try Ben Beckman's suggestions on evaluating your stands this spring. Plus, Brad Schick highlights what you need to know before fertilizing your cool-season grass pastures. 

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