Cool-Season Grasses

Soil sample probe

Pasture and Forage Minute: Grazing Stockpiled Grass, Alfalfa Soil Sampling

November 8, 2021
After drought, fall armyworms and rising fertilizer prices, it's especially important to conduct soil samples in alfalfa fields this year for a better yield next year.

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Adult differential grasshopper

Pasture and Forage Minute: Grazing in the Dog Days of Summer, Grasshopper Tips and Silage Storage Strategies

July 28, 2021
Extension educators discuss management strategies for heat stressed forage plants and grasshoppers in alfalfa, and getting prepped for corn silage harvest this fall.

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Pasture grass
Photo by Ben Beckman

Pasture and Forage Minute: Toxic Plants and Grass Hay Timing

June 23, 2021
This week, extension educators review some of the common toxic plants found in Nebraska pastures, what to do when cool-season grasses mature ahead of grazing rotations and how to determine the right time for your grass hay cutting. 

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New alfalfa regrowth

Pasture and Forage Minute: Scouting Plant Growth for Harvest, Grazing

June 1, 2021
Extension educators discuss their strategies for handling delays in first cutting of alfalfa, timing of grass hay harvest and extending forage supply after a cool spring has limited pasture production.

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Hay meadow

Pasture and Forage Minute: Harvesting Small Grains, Fertilizing Hay Meadows and Selecting Summer Annual Grass

May 13, 2021
A review of strategies for harvesting small grains as hay or silage, plus fertilizing summer hay meadows for extra hay next winter and how to select the right summer annual grasses for your operation. 

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Cattle grazing pasture
If turned out early enough, cattle will successfully graze reed canarygrass, which is very nutritional at a young growth stage (less than 10 inches tall).

Pasture and Forage Minute: Spring Turn-out Strategies, Seedbed Preparation and Grazing Reed Canarygrass

April 27, 2021
In this week's Pasture and Forage Minute, Extension educators discuss the best time and location for spring turn-out and how to encourage cattle to graze reed canarygrass.

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Kernza research fields
Figure 1. Kernza® research fields in July 2019 at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. All Images are covered by a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-ND). Photos copyright The Land Institute (landinstitute.org).

Evaluating the Performance of Kernza® Perennial Grain in Eastern Nebraska

April 20, 2021
The first coordinated research effort on Kernza as a potential cash grain crop for Nebraska producers shows promising results.

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Alfalfa plant
Spring is a good time to evaluate alfalfa stands to plan your management strategy.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Assessing Alfalfa and Fertilizer Needs

March 31, 2021
Were your alfalfa yields lower than expected last year? Try Ben Beckman's suggestions on evaluating your stands this spring. Plus, Brad Schick highlights what you need to know before fertilizing your cool-season grass pastures. 

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