Windrow in field
When done correctly, windrow grazing provides the best of both worlds, allowing harvest to occur at the optimal time for yield and quality, while eliminating the cost and labor of baling, storing and feeding hay. (Photo by Aaron Berger)

Pasture and Forage Minute: Planning Winter Forages, Windrow Grazing

September 15, 2021
Extension educators discuss winter annual forages, windrow grazing, and alfalfa winterization and frost concerns.

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Corn residue
Short pastures and hay prices have some farmers considering an early corn harvest to provide more grazing options.
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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Oat ryegrass mixture
A spring pasture mix of oats and ryegrass. (Photo by Jerry Volesky)

Pasture and Forage Minute: Alfalfa Weed Control, Planting Oats for Extra Forage

July 22, 2021
This week, extension educators review summer weed control strategies for alfalfa, the benefits of using oats as a fall forage crop, plus the latest information on the 2021 Nebraska Grazing Conference.

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Pasture in Nebraska

2021 Forage Field Day Events Planned for Nebraska, South Dakota

July 22, 2021
This year’s program will focus on both annual and perennial forage systems, looking at traditional corn silage, more novel options like small grain silage, and managing alfalfa survivability. Certified Crop Advisor continuing education units are available.

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Hail damaged corn
Corn around V10-11 with leaves stripped due to hail damage. (CropWatch file photo)

Pasture and Forage Minute: Making Decisions on Weather Damaged Crops, Summer Grazing Precautions

July 7, 2021
Considerations for selling wheat straw during increased demand, avoiding hazards that accompany grazing summer annual forages, and options for crops that have been severely damaged by wind and hail.

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Corn forage

Pasture and Forage Minute: Grazing Management Strategies for Weather Issues, Wheat Harvest

June 29, 2021
This week, extension educators highlight the importance of adjusting your grazing strategies for weather setbacks and wheat harvest, plus best practices for controlling bluegrass in irrigated alfalfa.

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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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