Ben Beckman - Extension Educator
March 29, 2022
Extension educators explain how to replace costly nitrogen fertilizer with legumes in grazeland and select alfalfa varieties for disease resistance.
March 16, 2022
Ben Beckman does the math on why it's time to plant new alfalfa fields, and Brad Schick discusses the pros and cons of mixing grass into alfalfa fields.
A spring pasture mix of oats and ryegrass. (Photo by Jerry Volesky)
March 7, 2022
Extension educators review their tips on selecting for fall dormancy in alfalfa. Plus — if quality pasture is a concern after this dry winter, consider planting oats and Italian ryegrass.
March 3, 2022
Nebraska Extension educators review tips for selecting alfalfa seed traits and spring planting strategies.
High nitrate levels in winter forage feed can be mitigated with the right management strategy, such as dilution.
February 23, 2022
Extension educators share their insights on effective grazing and forage plans with respect to potential drought conditions in 2022, and preventing nitrate poisoning from winter feed.
Cattle grazing cereal rye cover crop near Tecumseh. (CropWatch file photo)
February 16, 2022
With a late fall cutting and minimal snow, extension educators detail the importance of timely weed control in stressed alfalfa this spring. Plus — why planning cover crops for forage should begin immediately.
When done correctly, applying manure ahead of seeding alfalfa fields can result in big cost savings on fertilizer.
February 10, 2022
Save money by getting a jumpstart on your summer annual forage plan. Plus, Nebraska Extension Educator Ben Beckman explains how to prepare alfalfa seed beds with manure to save on fertilizer costs this growing season.
January 25, 2022
Ben Beckman reviews ways to avoid grass tetany and nitrate poisoning with winter animal feed, and Brad Schick highlights the optimum conditions for frost seeding legumes in pastures.