Bruce Anderson - Emeritus Extension Forage Specialist

Bruce Anderson

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

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How Freezing Temperatures Affect Forages

October 15, 2018
When plants freeze, changes occur in their metabolism and composition that can poison grazing livestock if not properly managed. Delayed grazing is often the best solution, but how long should grazing be delayed?

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October Alfalfa Harvests

September 27, 2018
Cutting alfalfa in October is often discouraged to avoid potential winter injury while it is winterizing. This year, however, you may find you have a substantial amount of high-quality alfalfa that can be safely cut. Here's what to consider.

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Alfalfa rust
Figure 1. Rust pustules on alfalfa leaves. (Photo by Landron Rhodes, The Ohio State University)

Rust on Alfalfa

September 13, 2018
Warm, humid weather has caused rust to form in many alfalfa fields throughout our region. While it causes little damage in fields harvested monthly, it can injure and defoliate more mature alfalfa or alfalfa grown for seed.

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Figure 1. Rotating alfalfa can allow for better yields as well as provide a nitrogen boost for the next crop.

When Should You Rotate Alfalfa Fields?

September 5, 2018
How do you decide when one alfalfa field has run out of steam and a new one needs to be planted? Here are some things to look for.

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Use Shredding, Grazing to Manage Pasture Weed Flushes

August 17, 2018
Extra rain this summer has made many pastures greener than they've been in a long time, but unfortunately, some of that green is likely to be weeds. At this point in the season shredding and grazing may be more effective than applying a herbicide.

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Q&A: What are Some Forage Options for Hailed Soybeans?

August 1, 2018
Before using hailed soybean for grazing or planting in a cover crop intended for forage, there are several important things you'll want to check.

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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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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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