Brad Schick - Extension Educator

Fall Armyworm

Fall Armyworms in Pastures, Alfalfa, Small Grains, Cover Crops, and Lawns

September 24, 2021
We continue to receive questions on management with the unprecedented number of fall armyworms experienced in Nebraska this fall. The following is a Q/A to address the specific questions we’ve received.

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Windrow in field
When done correctly, windrow grazing provides the best of both worlds, allowing harvest to occur at the optimal time for yield and quality, while eliminating the cost and labor of baling, storing and feeding hay. (Photo by Aaron Berger)

Pasture and Forage Minute: Planning Winter Forages, Windrow Grazing

September 15, 2021
Extension educators discuss winter annual forages, windrow grazing, and alfalfa winterization and frost concerns.

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Alfalfa defoliation by fall armyworms

Pasture and Forage Minute: Alfalfa Pests and Last Cutting, Controlling Cheatgrass

September 2, 2021
Extension educators discuss timing of the last cutting of alfalfa and scouting for fall armyworms, plus best practices for controlling cheatgrass in pastures.

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Alfalfa plant closeup

Pasture and Forage Minute: Approaches for Low-Producing Alfalfa and Corn Silage Inoculants

August 10, 2021
Extension educators review the reasons for evaluating alfalfa stands in the fall and interseeding grasses in low-producing alfalfa fields, plus how to choose an inoculant for corn silage.

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Hail damaged corn
Corn around V10-11 with leaves stripped due to hail damage. (CropWatch file photo)

Pasture and Forage Minute: Making Decisions on Weather Damaged Crops, Summer Grazing Precautions

July 7, 2021
Considerations for selling wheat straw during increased demand, avoiding hazards that accompany grazing summer annual forages, and options for crops that have been severely damaged by wind and hail.

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Pasture grass
Photo by Ben Beckman

Pasture and Forage Minute: Toxic Plants and Grass Hay Timing

June 23, 2021
This week, extension educators review some of the common toxic plants found in Nebraska pastures, what to do when cool-season grasses mature ahead of grazing rotations and how to determine the right time for your grass hay cutting. 

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Weevil damaged alfalfa

Pasture and Forage Minute: Strategies for Alfalfa Weevil, Water Demands and Grass Surpluses

June 8, 2021
With alfalfa weevils remaining in the fields, extension educators share their recommendations for late spring infestation management strategies — plus, the benefits of using excess summer growth for winter grazing. 

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New alfalfa regrowth

Pasture and Forage Minute: Scouting Plant Growth for Harvest, Grazing

June 1, 2021
Extension educators discuss their strategies for handling delays in first cutting of alfalfa, timing of grass hay harvest and extending forage supply after a cool spring has limited pasture production.

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