Hay

Late May Ideal for Evaluating Hay and Forage May 24, 2018

Memorial Day weekend is a benchmark for examining the status of hay and forage programs for the year and making adjustments where necessary.

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Large, round hay bales
Figure 1. Timely removal of baled hay from fields can help assure continued yields.

Remove Bales Soon After Harvest to Avoid Future Yield Loss June 30, 2017

Many hay fields have recently been cut and baled for hay. After the final cutting for the year, it may not matter too much if bales are left in the field, but when more harvests are expected from that field, delaying removal may cut future yield.

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Hastening Hay Dry-Down May 25, 2017

Nebraska has faced less than optiumum weather for making hay the last couple of weeks. While the continued rains are obviously a problem, cool, cloudy days are also an issue. 

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Wrapping Hay to Beat the Weather April 10, 2017

If rain damage often plagues your hay making, you might consider using plastic wrap this year. Try baling it tough, then wrapping it with stretch plastic wrap to keep water and air out while keeping nutrients in.

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