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.
If high quality hay is your goal, don't delay harvest. However, if you're looking to rebuild your hay supply, letting it grow almost until bloom will provide more feed while using water resources more efficiently.
Do you need to grow more hay for next winter? Hay meadows respond well to fertilizer if you use the types and amounts that work best for the plants in your hay meadow. Find recommendations for fertilizing legumes and cool- and warm-season meadows.