Bruce Anderson - Extension Forage Specialist

Bruce Anderson

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

Faculty Bio

Assess Condition of Alfalfa Fields at First Harvest

May 19, 2016

First cutting of alfalfa is here or approaching rapidly and presents a good time to evaluate field conditions and plan management.

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Fertilizing Cool-Season Pastures in May

May 12, 2016

Most pastures have good soil moisture from spring rains. Fertilizing now might help you take advantage of that moisture for increased grass growth.

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Cutting Excess Pasture for Hay

May 12, 2016
With all the rain we've had this spring, pastures may have excess grass growth that can be like money in the bank if used efficiently. For good quality hay and better regrowth potential, cut as seedheads are about to emerge.

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Common ragweed
Figure 1. Common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) (Photo by Amit Jhala)

Reducing Ragweed in Pastures

May 4, 2016
Ragweed has exploded in some pastures in recent years. It takes time, and a well-planned approach such as described here to control ragweed in pastures. With good grazing, some spraying, and timely shredding it can be done.

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Postemergence Weed Control in Alfalfa

May 4, 2016
With all the recent moisture, alfalfa is growing well — as are broadleaf and grassy weeds in the alfalfa. Here are a couple methods for controlling weeds before they affect alfalfa yield.

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How Early Can Alfalfa be Cut?

April 28, 2016

First cutting often is the most important cutting of the year.  It usually produces the most yield and its forage quality changes fastest from day to day. Alfalfa started growing like gangbusters this spring, is almost knee high in some places, and could be ready to cut soon.

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Preseason Hay Equipment Maintenance

April 22, 2016
Take advantage of these rainy days to maintain your haying equipment and prevent costly downtime later. Listed tasks can help ensure you cover the essentials.

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Pitfalls of Thickening Old Alfalfa Stands

April 13, 2016

If your alfalfa is looking a little thin, you may be tempted to add alfalfa to thicken the stand. Before you do, consider:

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