Brad Schick - Extension Educator

Hay

Pasture and Forage Minute: Hay Protein and Energy Values, Reducing Hay Losses

January 19, 2023
Breaking down the importance of protein and energy values in hay tests, and tips on reducing fed hay losses.

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Cattle in snow
Studies have shown that providing windbreaks for cattle leads to increased calving success and improved body condition.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Snow Cover for Alfalfa, Critical Cold Considerations

January 5, 2023
Extension educators review ways to maximize the benefits of snow cover on alfalfa and maintain animal health during periods of extreme cold and wind.

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Prescribed burn image
A prescribed burn continues to be the most economical approach to controlling Eastern red cedar trees. (Photo by Troy Walz)

Pasture and Forage Minute: Controlling Cedar Trees, Net Wrap Health Concerns

December 14, 2022
In this installment of Pasture and Forage Minute, extension educators review the most effective strategies for controlling Eastern red cedar trees, and managing net wrap and twine issues for livestock.

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Cattle in snowy cornstalks

Pasture and Forage Minute: Snowy Grazing Concerns, Nutrient Loss in Baled Cornstalks

December 5, 2022
Extension educators focus on crop residue, including livestock grazing challenges after a snow or ice event, and calculating nutrient loss in baled cornstalks.

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Cattle eating hay
Choosing the right protein may help bring the cost of feed down and more accurately meet the needs of your cattle.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Cornstalk Quality after Precipitation, Alfalfa for Protein

November 22, 2022
This week, Jerry Volesky reviews cornstalk feed quality after rain and snow, and Brad Schick discusses the pros and cons of alfalfa as a supplemental protein.

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Cattle grazing cornstalks
To safely graze corn residue after fertilizer applications, it's ideal to wait until after a rain or snowmelt.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Grazing Winter Range, Fertilized Cornstalks

November 8, 2022
Extension educators discuss ways to graze winter pastures and fertilized corn residue fields without risking livestock health or nutrition.

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Frost damaged sorghum
If sorghum is at hard dough stage when temperatures dip to 28°F for a period of two hours, it may result in a yield reduction of around 20%.

Premature Frost Damage to Crops

October 14, 2022
UNL experts weigh in on the potential impacts for replant crops that experienced freezing temperatures Oct. 8 or may be at risk for a freeze this weekend.

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Frozen sorghum-sudangrass
Once a freeze occurs, it takes seven days for prussic acid to dissipate from forage sorghum species like sorghum-sudangrass. The hours immediately after a frost have the highest level of toxic compounds in these plants.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Forage Drought Recovery, Prussic Acid in Sorghum

October 5, 2022
Extension educators share insights on the drought recovery process for pastures, how to graze forage sorghum species after freezing temperatures and how to capture the best nutrition from grazing crop residue this fall.

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