Bruce Anderson - Extension Forage Specialist

Bruce Anderson

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

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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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Postemergence Weed Control in Alfalfa

May 9, 2018
New alfalfa seedlings do not compete well with weeds and are best managed when small. Here are management tips for when you mow or use chemical control measures.

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Optimizing Your First Cutting of Alfalfa

May 9, 2018
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.

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Irrigating Alfalfa

May 9, 2018
With low soil moisture levels in many areas, now might be a good time to start irrigating alfalfa to encourage deeper rooting to a deeper water reserve.

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