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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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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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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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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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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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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There's Still Time to Fertilize Summer Hay Meadows

May 9, 2018
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.

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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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