Cattle in clover pasture

Pasture and Forage Minute: Winter Hay Issues, Frost Seeding

January 25, 2022

Winter Hay Worries

By Ben Beckman

Grass tetany and nitrate poisoning are issues that we typically associate with animals grazing. However, both issues can be a problem in winter when animal diets are limited by what they are fed. Is your herd safe from possible hay worries?

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Cornstalks under snow
Cornstalks are a great forage resource for livestock producers in mid-winter provided factors like ice accumulations and cornstalk quality are closely monitored.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Nutrition Concerns for Mid-winter, Calving

January 17, 2022
Cattle Nutrition — The do's and don'ts of grazing cornstalks this winter, plus why it's important to use high quality hay after calving season.

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Alfalfa field

Pasture and Forage Minute: Planning 2022 Forages, Alfalfa Fertility

January 12, 2022
Extension educators discuss the importance of analyzing last year's forages to improve production in 2022, and how to maximize your fertilizer investment dollars in alfalfa fields.

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Cattle eating hay

Pasture and Forage Minute: Reducing Hay Losses, Year in Review

January 4, 2022
Brad Schick shares key strategies for preventing hay loss, and Ben Beckman discusses the importance of conducting a year-end analysis of your operation.

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Pasture grass

Pasture and Forage Minute: RFV and RFQ Explained, Pasture Fertilization Costs

December 21, 2021
Nebraska Extension Educator Ben Beckman breaks down Relative Feed Value and Relative Forage Quality and how to use these values to estimate feed quality, and Todd Whitney discusses whether fertilizer investments are cost-effective right now.

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Prescribed burn image
A prescribed burn continues to be the most economical approach to controlling Eastern red cedar trees. (Photo by Troy Walz)

Pasture and Forage Minute: Preparing Alfalfa for Snow, Controlling Eastern Red Cedar Trees

December 13, 2021
Extension educators discuss the importance of snow cover to alfalfa and how to prepare your fields for Mother Nature's insulation, and using prescribed burning to control Eastern red cedar trees in Nebraska.

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Cattle eating hay

Pasture and Forage Minute: Hay Feeding Concerns

December 6, 2021
Jerry Volsky explains what happens to cattle when they ingest net wrap and twine from hay bales, and Ben Beckman reviews protein and energy values on hay tests and how to use these values when deciding your hay feed strategy.

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Wheat field

Crop Progress: Winter Wheat Condition 52% Good, 12% Excellent

December 2, 2021
In the final weekly crop progress update for the 2021 growing season, USDA NASS reported winter wheat condition at 52% good, 12% excellent.

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