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.
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Nebraska Crop Progress for Sept. 5

September 8, 2021

For the week ending Sept. 5, 2021, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 7% very short, 25% short, 66% adequate and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 14% very short, 40% short, 46% adequate and 0% surplus.

Field Crops Report:

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Alfalfa defoliation by fall armyworms

Pasture and Forage Minute: Alfalfa Pests and Last Cutting, Controlling Cheatgrass

September 2, 2021
Extension educators discuss timing of the last cutting of alfalfa and scouting for fall armyworms, plus best practices for controlling cheatgrass in pastures.

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Nebraska Crops Maturing Near Average Pace

September 1, 2021
For the week ending Aug. 29, 2021, corn mature was 8%, near 10% last year and 5% average. Soybeans setting pods was 97%, near 100% last year and 95% average. Sorghum maturity was 2%, equal to both last year and average.

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Hay bales on trailer
The average round bale may lose up to one-fourth of its original nutrients during outside storage, but these losses can be reduced to less than 10% or so with the right row orientation and adequate ground surface drainage.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Thinning Alfalfa Stands, Hay Bale Storage and Weed Management

August 25, 2021
Extension educators review options for improving thin alfalfa stands, the most effective storage methods to reduce hay losses and managing late summer pasture weeds.

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Nebraska Crop Condition for Aug. 22

August 25, 2021
For the week ending Aug. 22, 2021, corn condition rated 43% good and 24% excellent; soybean condition rated 49% good and 20% excellent. Dry edible beans blooming was 95%.

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Cattle in pasture
University of Nebraska research has determined that when corn residue is grazed at proper stocking rates, there are small, but positive effects on crop production the following year.

Cattle Compaction in Cropland: Fact or Fiction?

August 23, 2021
Grazing corn residue is a low-cost winter feed for cattle and source of additional income with no negative effects on cropland.

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