Jerry Volesky - Nebraska Extension Range and Forage Specialist

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Pasture and Forage Minute: Grazing Management After Wildfire, Pasture Fertility and Cross Fencing

May 10, 2022
Extension educators advise on grazing strategies for areas affected by wildfire and drought, and review soil sampling techniques for an annual checkup on your pasture soil fertility.

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Cattle in pasture

Pasture and Forage Minute: Calculation Animal Units, Stocking Rates and Spring Turn-out Timetable

April 25, 2022
Tips on calculating the correct animal units and stocking rates for your operation after changes in your herd occur, and the best time and location for spring turn-out.

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Cattle in pasture

Pasture and Forage Minute: Spring Weed Control, Pasture Conditions and Alfalfa Irrigation

April 21, 2022
Extension educators explain why grazing could be your best early spring weed control method, review trigger dates to assess moisture levels and pasture conditions, and more. 

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Pasture and Forage Minute: Improving Alfalfa Production, Alternative Forages in a Drought

April 12, 2022
Extension educators review the best ways to assess alfalfa stands and improve the first cutting, plus options for alternative forage for drought-stressed fields.

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(CropWatch file photo)

Pasture and Forage Minute: Management Strategies for Prescribed Burning, Grass Tetany and Winter Annual Weeds

April 5, 2022
Extension educators share tips on successful prescribed burning this spring, mineral supplements to prevent grass tetany and how to boost the first cutting of alfalfa. 

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Pasture landscape

Pasture and Forage Minute: Pasture Rental Rates, Cool-season Grass Fertilizer

March 23, 2022
Extension educators review preliminary results from the Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market survey on pasture rental rates, and tips on fertilizing cool-season grass pastures.

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Oat ryegrass mixture
A spring pasture mix of oats and ryegrass. (Photo by Jerry Volesky)

Pasture and Forage Minute: A Look at Alfalfa Traits, Spring Pasture Options

March 7, 2022
Extension educators review their tips on selecting for fall dormancy in alfalfa. Plus — if quality pasture is a concern after this dry winter, consider planting oats and Italian ryegrass.

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Cattle eating hay
High nitrate levels in winter forage feed can be mitigated with the right management strategy, such as dilution.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Making a Drought Plan, Monitoring Forage Nitrates

February 23, 2022
Extension educators share their insights on effective grazing and forage plans with respect to potential drought conditions in 2022, and preventing nitrate poisoning from winter feed.

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