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With a warmer than usual fall so far, we’ve been able to graze later in the year with few concerns. However, cold temperatures are not far off…

There have been many stressors on alfalfa fields this year, from early weevils to drought and hail and now fall armyworms and cutworms. Can fa…

While truly cold weather may still be a few weeks away, how we manage fall pastures can impact plant health through the winter and ultimately …

With dry conditions across the state this summer, we may be low on forage reserves. Ammoniating low quality hay or crop residues may be a chea…

Grain sorghum stover compares favorably to corn regarding fall and winter stalk grazing, and livestock producers are encouraged to use corn an…

With many pastures short, high hay prices, and stressed crops maturing more quickly, harvesting some corn a little early could provide corns s…

Besides limiting forage production, dry weather can create another problem for producers to deal with, nitrate toxicity. With drought stricken…

When there is rain, there is opportunity. Although welcome rains have finally reached most of Nebraska, it may have been too late to rescue so…

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Row crops often get priority attention when a hailstorm rolls through, but bad storms can do a number on perennial forages as well. When hail …

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It can be a little tricky to put up good quality hay from summer annual grasses like sorghum-Sudan hybrids, pearl millet, and forage sorghums.…

Summer annual forages such as Sudan grass, sorghum-Sudan hybrids and pearl millet planted this spring soon could be ready to graze. There are …

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Alfalfa is a relatively drought-tolerant forage, but irrigation makes it possible to produce higher yields. This perennial crop does not have …

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Insects are causing problems for alfalfa across Nebraska. Stay tuned as I describe what to look for in your fields and what to do if an issue …

As the year begins to heat up and cattle are on pasture, it’s important to make sure there is adequate water for livestock. How much do cattle…

Fertilizing warm-season grass is a practice some producers do, but one should consider forage needs, the value of the forage, and fertilizer costs.

Yellow-green patches in a pasture might look pretty for the uninitiated, but the tell-tale bloom of leafy spurge not a spring sight many of us…

Low soil moisture levels in many areas across the state may mean irrigating alfalfa before the first cutting. Have you considered irrigating early?

Be careful not to overlook wilting and browning leaves in your alfalfa fields, since this could be a sign of an alfalfa weevil infestation.

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Working on getting corn and beans planted? Don’t look now, but alfalfa harvest is approaching fast.

Are you planning to plant a summer annual grass, maybe to build hay supply or have some extra grazing? Which one will you plant?

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