Bruce Anderson - Extension Forage Specialist

Bruce Anderson

(faculty)
Work Keim Hall (KEIM) 314
Lincoln NE 68583-0915
US
Work 402-472-6237 On-campus 2-6237

Faculty Bio

Alfalfa Harvests in High Heat June 28, 2018

When the temperature is consistently above 90°F, many guidelines for alfalfa harvest no longer apply. Rather than using the bloom as a guide, give plants extra time between hot summer harvests to maintain healthy stands.

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Managing Windrow Disease in Alfalfa June 21, 2018

Due to recent rains, growers may be seeing an increase in "windrow disease,” typified by a striped appearance in fields where alfalfa windrows remained so long that regrowth is delayed.

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Planting Forages after Wheat Harvest June 21, 2018

After wheat harvest, don't let your ground stand idle, especially if you could use more forage. When moisture is available, there are a number of forage options to consider following wheat.

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Managing Seeding Year Alfalfa June 13, 2018

Seeding year alfalfa is just getting its "field legs" and needs to be managed differently than established alfalfa. Stems are spindly, roots are small and growth is slower. Following these harvest guidelines can help assure multiple harvests and a strong first season.

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Controlling Bluegrass in Irrigated Alfalfa June 7, 2018

Effective bluegrass control in irrigated alfalfa requires a thick alfalfa stand, good water management, and sometimes, herbicides.

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Cutting hay
Figure 1. Research has shown as much as a 10-fold increase in drying rate as solar radaiation changes from heavy cloud cover to full sunlight.

Three Steps to Hasten Hay Dry-Down May 24, 2018

It's hay-making season and growers are looking for several warm, sunny days and these three practices to hasten dry-down.

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Late May Ideal for Evaluating Hay and Forage May 24, 2018

Memorial Day weekend is a benchmark for examining the status of hay and forage programs for the year and making adjustments where necessary.

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Windrowing forage wheat in south central Nebraska for processing into wheatlage. (Photos by Todd Whitney)
Figure 1. Cutting and windrowing forage wheat in south central Nebraska for processing into wheatlage. (Photos by Todd Whitney)

Wheat Forage Options and Considerations May 17, 2018

This spring many Nebraska livestock producers facing low forage supplies may be looking for new sources, such as from wheat. This Nebraska research on harvest timing suggests how to optimize feed value from wheat forage.

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