Silage making

Pasture and Forage Minute: Small Grain Harvesting for Forage, Management Strategies for Musk Thistle, Pasture Fertilizer

May 18, 2022
Extension educators review the pros and cons of harvesting small grains for forage this year, and share tips on how to control musk thistle and deciding whether fertilizing warm-season grass pastures will be cost-effective for your operation.

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Silage making
The fourth annual Silage for Beef Cattle Conference is free for producers to attend in-person at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center in Ithaca, Nebraska, or virtually.

2022 Silage for Beef Cattle Conference: Focus on Small Grain Silage

February 3, 2022
The fourth annual Silage for Beef Cattle Conference will highlight small grain production concerns such as agronomic management for silage, harvest timing, fermentation analysis, inoculants and ROI.

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Oat ryegrass mixture
A spring pasture mix of oats and ryegrass. (Photo by Jerry Volesky)

Pasture and Forage Minute: Planning Spring Annual Forages, Cereal Silage

January 31, 2022
Extension educators discuss considerations for spring annual forages in Nebraska and optimum timing of cereal grain crop harvest for silage.

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Corn silage

Manure Application Following Silage

August 18, 2021
Animal Manure Management Extension Educator Leslie Johnson discusses how to develop your manure application plan, including best stewardship practices for optimum rates and application methods.

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sorghum-sudangrass field
Thick, dense, upper canopy of sorghum-sudangrass field in Lincoln, Nebraska. (CropWatch file photo)

Pasture and Forage Minute: Late Summer Planting and Regrowth Concerns

August 5, 2021
This week, extension educators review some of the concerns with late summer alfalfa planting, toxicity levels in sorghum and sudangrass regrowth, and how leaving hay bales in the fields can affect your yields.

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Adult differential grasshopper

Pasture and Forage Minute: Grazing in the Dog Days of Summer, Grasshopper Tips and Silage Storage Strategies

July 28, 2021
Extension educators discuss management strategies for heat stressed forage plants and grasshoppers in alfalfa, and getting prepped for corn silage harvest this fall.

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Truck dumping silage
Market Journal photo

Producers Invited To Share Silage Storage Experiences

March 3, 2021
A Nebraska Extension survey seeks producer feedback on the most important aspects of silage storage to their operations.

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Drought stressed soybeans
The importance of estimating soybean yield prior to harvesting as forage is illustrated in this photo of drought-stressed soybean from Washington County, NE. With a closer look at these plants, you can see 10 to 12 pods per stem with 3 seeds per pod on a few of the plants. These soybeans are not stressed enough to consider for hay or silage. Photo courtesy of Aaron Nygren, Nebraska Extension.

Harvesting Soybeans for Hay or Silage

September 1, 2020
The decision to harvest as forage (hay or silage) or grain should be based on economics. However, the decision to not harvest soybeans as grain does need to be made as soon as possible to capture the forage value of drought-stressed soybeans.

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