Bruce Anderson - Extension Forage Specialist

Bruce Anderson

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Leased Pastures During Drought

August 4, 2017

Are you grazing cattle on rented pastures?  If so, the current drought or abnormally dry conditions may force some important decisions.

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Making Silage from Dry Corn

July 28, 2017

Most dryland corn fields may be too dry for making the best silage. Dry silage is difficult to pack well enough to force out all the oxygen and it often spoils, lowering its energy and protein digestibility. It also can heat up, leading to spontaneous combustion fires.

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Test for Feed Value with CRP Hay

July 28, 2017

Given CRP has been released for haying and grazing in many areas of the state due to drought, how can you determine its value?

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Forage Options with Damaged Corn

July 18, 2017

Spotty rains and drought conditions in some areas of the state as well as hail and wind damage are leading growers to seek alternative uses for rainfed corn fields. Fortunately, there are several forage alternatives.

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Adjusting Forage Management for Summer Heat

July 18, 2017

The current heat wave is taking a toll on forage plants, particularly cool-season plants. Alfalfa and clovers, bromegrass, orchardgrass, fescues, needlegrasses, and wheatgrasses all struggle during hot weather, but adjusting your management can limit the stress from stressful weather.

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Alfalfa field

Determining When It's Time to Replace Thinning Alfalfa Stands

July 7, 2017
Are you seeing thinning stands and more weeds in your alfalfa than you'd like? If so, take time out this summer to determine whether you may need to replant the field or rotate out of alfalfa to provide a nitrogen boost for the next crop. Here's a quick guide to assess potential production based on number of shoots per plant.

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Large, round hay bales
Figure 1. Timely removal of baled hay from fields can help assure continued yields.

Remove Bales Soon After Harvest to Avoid Future Yield Loss

June 30, 2017
Many hay fields have recently been cut and baled for hay. After the final cutting for the year, it may not matter too much if bales are left in the field, but when more harvests are expected from that field, delaying removal may cut future yield.

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Successfully Seeding Forages into Wheat Stubble

June 22, 2017
Wheat stubble can be an excellent seedbed in which to no-till plant forages, particularly if you're preparing to start planting immediately after wheat harvest, while soil water is available and before weeds get a foothold.

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