Cattle grazing cereal rye cover crop near Tecumseh on April 9, 2016. (Photo by Mary Drewnoski)
Cattle grazing cereal rye cover crop near Tecumseh on April 9, 2016. (Photo by Mary Drewnoski)

Student Research: Does the Grazing of Cover Crops by Cattle Compact Soil?

November 2, 2016
Undergraduate Rebecca Clay shares the results of her study on whether grazing cover crops contributed to soil compaction at four sites in west central and eastern Nebraska. Clay, an undergraduate student in the Iowa State University Department of Agronomy, conducted the study as part of a UNL Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowship in summer 2016.

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Figure 1. Before turning cattle into your fields check grazing restrictions on the labels of any herbicides applied.
Figure 1. Before turning cattle into your fields check grazing restrictions on the labels of any herbicides applied.

Forage, Feed, and Grazing Restrictions for Row Crop Herbicides

November 1, 2016

As the end of corn harvest nears, some producers will soon be turning their cattle into corn stalks or cover crops to graze. Before taking this step, take time to review the labels from in-season and fall-applied herbicides for any grazing restrictions.

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Sarah Morton examining perennial grasses.
UNL agronomy student and researcher Sarah Morton examining perennial grasses.

Student Research: Do Winter Annual Small Grains Reduce Perennial Grass Establishment?

November 4, 2016
Undergraduate Sarah Morton shares the results of her study on whether planting perennial grasses into small grain residue after grain harvest has an effect on establishment. Morton, an undergraduate student in the UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, conducted the study for her Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowship in summer 2016.

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Nitrate Nitrogen or Nitrate — What's the Difference?

October 26, 2016

I just got the nitrate test results back from the lab and the level was 3,000.  Am I in trouble?

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Thick, dense, upper canopy of sorghum-sudangrass, taken in late September in Lincoln.
Figure 1. Thick, dense, upper canopy of sorghum-sudangrass, taken in late September in Lincoln. (Field photos by Martina LaVallie)

Student Research: Potential Benefits of Sorghum-Sudangrass as a Companion Crop to Establish Forage and Native Legume Species

October 5, 2016
Student research fellow Martina LaVallie shares the results of her study on the potential of using drought-tolerant sorghum-sudangrass as a companion crop to establish forage and legume species. LaVallie, who graduated from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., and is now a graduate student in the UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, conducted the study as part of a UNL Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowship in summer 2016.

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Which Winter Forage is Best Suited to Your Operation

August 12, 2016

Trying to decide between planting wheat, rye, or triticale for early spring forage? Consider the characteristics of each when selecting the right one for your operation and management.

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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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Harvesting Summer Annual Grasses for Hay

July 15, 2016

It is difficult to put up good quality hay – hay that is dry and will not heat or mold – from summer annual grasses like sorghum-sudan hybrids, pearl millet, and forage sorghums.  Obviously, this type of hay, which is also called cane hay, is challenging to bale or stack for most growers, mostly due to its stems.

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