Nebraska Hay & Forage Hotline August 4, 2016

Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach is encouraging Nebraska producers with hay surpluses and pasture for rent, to register as a seller on the department’s online Hay and Forage Hotline service.

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4 Tips for Spreading Manure in Alfalfa August 3, 2016

If you have manure to spread during summer, sometimes the only place available is an alfalfa field, but that can be problematic. Follow these four guidelines to avoid crop injury and delayed weed problems.

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Heat Effects on Alfalfa July 21, 2016

As we experience the extreme heat of summer, plants adjust in various ways.

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Managing 'Windrow Disease' In Alfalfa June 16, 2016

Managing the "windrow disease" that often follows rained-on hay presents lingering challenges. Weeds and sometimes insects often invade, requiring spraying to maintain quality and protect stands. During the next growth period, plants that were not smothered regrow rapidly, while plants underneath the windrow suffer delays. Harvest adjustments can help get the crop back on track for the rest of the season.

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Controlling Summer Grasses In Alfalfa June 10, 2016

Wet soils in alfalfa fields right after cutting can lead to quick growth of weedy grasses like foxtail and crabgrass, particularly in a thin alfalfa stand. Ensuring a thick stand with good fertility and select herbicides can help you keep grasses under control.

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Alfalfa Harvest Delayed? Adjust Cutting Height June 1, 2016

Two weeks of intermittent rains have delayed alfalfa harvest for many producers. As of Sunday, May 29, first cutting had been taken on 31% of the state's alfalfa crop, ahead of last year's 19% and the five-year average of 27%. If you weren't one of the lucky growers who got theirs cut and put up before more more rains came, you may want to consider adjusting your cutting height.

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Potato leafhopper
Potato leafhopper

Potato Leafhoppers Feeding in Alfalfa Earlier than Normal May 25, 2016

Potato leafhoppers have been reported in alfalfa in southeastern and northeastern Nebraska. This is somewhat earlier than usual and growers should be alert to potential damage and protecting their alfalfa where numbers indicate treatment thresholds would be met.

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Assess Condition of Alfalfa Fields at First Harvest May 19, 2016

First cutting of alfalfa is here or approaching rapidly and presents a good time to evaluate field conditions and plan management.

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