Graph of stand frequency for two indiangrass varieties

Does Weed Control Method Impact Indiangrass Establishment and Persistence?

February 5, 2018
This study evaluated two weed control methods and seeding rates on establishment and persistence of two indiangrass cultivars, ‘Oto’ and ‘NE 54’, from 2003 to 2007.

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Leased Pastures During Drought

August 4, 2017

Are you grazing cattle on rented pastures?  If so, the current drought or abnormally dry conditions may force some important decisions.

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Time To Fertilize Warm-Season Grasses

May 24, 2017

Warm-season grasses provide good pasture and hay and use soil nutrients efficiently. If you can benefit from extra growth, fertilize now, in late May, for higher yields. 

Where you have moisture, these grasses will begin growing rapidly as soil and air temperature increase.  Adding nitrogen now will help these grasses produce extra hay or grazing.

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forage windrows
Under current market prices, windrow grazing annual forages may be a competitive option with cash grain crops. (Photo by Aaron Berger)

Annual Forages and Windrow Grazing as an Alternative to Cash Grain Crops

April 18, 2017

The relationship between current grain prices and forage/pasture prices in western Nebraska is creating a scenario where forage crops may provide an economically viable alternative to a cash grain crop. From an economic perspective, at current market prices, 1.5 tons per acre of annual forage is competitive with cash grain crops in terms of generating gross dollars per acre.

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Ventenata plants
Ventenata / North African Grass seed heads, Ventenata dubia (Leers) Coss. Photo credit: ©Prof Matt Lavin-2008/Bozeman, Montana, USA - CC BY-SA 2.0

Watching for Ventenata — an Invasive Weed on our Western Horizon

April 5, 2017
Ventenata is an invasive grass in Wyoming that is slowly spreading east. If it does migrate to Nebraska, early detection and rapid response will be essential in controlling its establishment. If it were to become established in the Pine Ridge area or Sandhills, it could devastate the ecology and range production.

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Prescribed burn
Conducting a prescribed burn can improve CRP or pasture, but needs to be done in communication with local permitting offices to ensure safety and that only targeted areas are affected. (Photo by Jim Stubbendieck)

Use Care When Burning Grasslands

March 22, 2017
Prescribed burning CRP or pasture can improve stands, prepare them for interseeding, control weeds and trees, enhance wildlife habitat, and improve forage quality, but it must be done safely. The best time is from mid-April to early May when warm season grasses are just starting to grow.

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cattle grazing pasture

Pasture Rental Rates

March 16, 2017

What should it cost to rent pasture this year? Preliminary results from the Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey (Tables 1 and 2) released this week list average pasture rental rates by district and quality level as well as rates for cow-calf pairs.

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cattle grazing cool-season grasses
Figure 1. With grain prices down and input costs up, converting cropland to pastureland could create a profit opportunity for 2017. A successful and cost-effective conversion starts with careful planning. (Photo by Jerry Volesky)

Converting Cropland to Pastureland

March 16, 2017

At a time when crop production costs remain high as crop prices decline and cattle compete for scarce pastures, converting cropland to pasture might make sense. If you’re considering this change, take time to plan and do it right.

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