Bruce Anderson - Extension Forage Specialist

Bruce Anderson

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

Faculty Bio

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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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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Thickening Alfalfa with Cereals to Boost First Cutting Yields

April 20, 2018

Are some of your alfalfa stands a little thinner than you would like or does it look like you'll be haying fewer acres of alfalfa this year.

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Consider No-till Seeding Alfalfa This Year

April 6, 2018
No-till seeding alfalfa can help preserve crop residue on the soil surface, reduce soil erosion, limit weed seeds on the soil surface, and perhaps most importantly this year, help conserve soil moisture.

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Plan Herbicide Use Now to Allow for Annual Forages Later

March 29, 2018
Don't limit your planting options later due to your herbicide selection this spring. Consider whether you can control weeds and maintain the flexibility to plant any forage later just by making a small change in the herbicides you use now.

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Figure 1. Now is a good time to evaluae your alfalfa stands to determine the level of winter injury they may have sustained during the bitter early-winter cold spell. (Photo by Bruce Anderson)
Figure 1. Now is a good time to evaluae your alfalfa stands to determine the level of winter injury they may have sustained during the bitter early-winter cold spell. (Photo by Bruce Anderson)

Checking Alfalfa For Winter Injury

March 15, 2018
Bitter cold spells and desiccating winds in early winter may have endangered alfalfa stands. Evaluate alfalfa stands soon to determine their viability and the potential need for replanting or rotating to another crop.

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Adding Grass to Thinning Alfalfa Offers a Win-Win

March 15, 2018
Thin alfalfa stands can be rejuvenated by interseeding grasses and converting the field to pasture or haying as a grass-alfalfa mixture. The diversity offers a win for both the land and the livestock.

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Figure 1. Two options for determining pasture rental rates are per acre and per cow-calf.

Q&A: How do I determine a fair pasture rental rate?

March 9, 2018
What are some of the reasons why you would choose either a per-acre or a per cow-calf pair to determine pasture rental rate? Extension Forage Specialist Bruce Anderson discusses several benefits of each method.

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