Ben Beckman - Extension Educator

Ben Beckman

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Cornstalks under snow
Cornstalks are a great forage resource for livestock producers in mid-winter provided factors like ice accumulations and cornstalk quality are closely monitored.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Nutrition Concerns for Mid-winter, Calving

January 17, 2022
Cattle Nutrition — The do's and don'ts of grazing cornstalks this winter, plus why it's important to use high quality hay after calving season.

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Pasture grass

Pasture and Forage Minute: RFV and RFQ Explained, Pasture Fertilization Costs

December 21, 2021
Nebraska Extension Educator Ben Beckman breaks down Relative Feed Value and Relative Forage Quality and how to use these values to estimate feed quality, and Todd Whitney discusses whether fertilizer investments are cost-effective right now.

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Cattle eating hay

Pasture and Forage Minute: Hay Feeding Concerns

December 6, 2021
Jerry Volsky explains what happens to cattle when they ingest net wrap and twine from hay bales, and Ben Beckman reviews protein and energy values on hay tests and how to use these values when deciding your hay feed strategy.

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Baled cornstalks
Cornstalk residue with downed ears baled and ready to use. (CropWatch file photo by Jenny Rees)

Valuing Cornstalk Bales

November 30, 2021
Baling corn residue might be a good option for additional roughage this year, but it's important to first calculate the value of cornstalk bales.

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Hay bales in field

Pasture and Forage Minute: Understanding Hay Test Results, Winter Protein Supplements

November 30, 2021
This week, extension educators shed light on the importance of dry basis results on hay tests and using alfalfa as a protein supplement during the winter.

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Cattle on cornstalks

Pasture and Forage Minute: Grazing Corn Residue for Better Crop Yields

November 23, 2021
Nebraska Extension Educator Ben Beckman explains how grazing corn residue at proper stocking rates can lead to better crop yields, plus a review on testing cornstalk bales for nutritional value.

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Cattle on cornstalks

Pasture and Forage Minute: Calculating Feed Costs, Safe Alfalfa Grazing

November 16, 2021
Calculating the cost of grazing cornstalks with the UNL Cornstalk Grazing Cow-Q-Lator and preventing bloat in cattle grazing fall alfalfa.

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Frost damaged alfalfa
While six weeks before the first frost is traditionally a good method for timing the last cutting of alfalfa, producers can also use growing degree days to formulate a more accurate date.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Winterizing Alfalfa and Grazing Small Grains

October 25, 2021
Extension Educator Ben Beckman reviews his recommendations on winterizing alfalfa using growing degree days, and which small grains to focus grazing on this fall. 

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