Cornstalk sample cutting

Using a Cornstalk Nitrate Test to Evaluate Nitrogen Management Decisions

September 29, 2022
At the end of the season, a nitrate test can help determine whether the crop was under-, adequately or over-fertilized with nitrogen, resulting in the potential to significantly reduce input costs.

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Cattle grazing cornstalks
Safely grazing drought-stressed cornstalks can be accomplished with an appropriate grazing plan and fencing precautions.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Grazing High Nitrate Cornstalks, Late Summer Weed Control

September 14, 2022
Extension Educator Todd Whitney reveals techniques to safely graze drought-stressed cornstalks — plus, more on late summer weed control and planting small grains for spring forage.

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Drought-stressed corn

Graze Drought-stressed Cornstalks Carefully

August 26, 2022
Cornstalk residue is a tremendous resource for fall and winter grazing; however, care needs to be taken in grazing drought-stressed cornstalks due to the potential of high nitrates in the feed this year.

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Orchardgrass
With its rapid regrowth rates, orchardgrass is an excellent option to add to a cool-season grass mixture for late summer forage planting.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Valuing Drought Forage, Late Summer Planting, Managing High Nitrates

August 24, 2022
Insights on how forage prices should be adjusted this year for droughty crops, the optimal grasses for late summer forage planting and how to manage high nitrates in forages.

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Considerations for In-season Nitrogen Management in Corn

March 30, 2022
Most areas in Nebraska likely haven't had significant nitrogen losses to already applied nitrogen, but unfavorable soil conditions during nitrogen application and precipitation in April could lead to additional losses.

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Cattle eating hay
High nitrate levels in winter forage feed can be mitigated with the right management strategy, such as dilution.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Making a Drought Plan, Monitoring Forage Nitrates

February 23, 2022
Extension educators share their insights on effective grazing and forage plans with respect to potential drought conditions in 2022, and preventing nitrate poisoning from winter feed.

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Tractor in field
By incorporating residual nitrate-nitrogen into the nitrogen fertilizer prescription, there is potential to substantially reduce fertilizer cost per acre.

Now is the Time to Use the Nutrients You are Banking in Your Soils

October 20, 2021
With the recent increase in fertilizer prices, it is more important than ever to use the right amount of fertilizer to maximize the economic returns. Applying too little or too much fertilizer can result in substantial economic loss.

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Corn residue
Short pastures and hay prices have some farmers considering an early corn harvest to provide more grazing options.