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Are you looking to increase production from pastures or hay fields? Interseeding legumes might just work in your operation.

As cold temperatures arrive, be happy if you received snow recently. Although snow can create some problems, snow is good – for alfalfa and ne…

Estimated lower critical temperatures for beef cattle

Coat Condition                                  Critical                                                                           Temperature

Wet or summer coat                               59°F

Dry fall coat                                           45°F

Dry winter coat                                      32°F

Dry heavy winter coat                            18°F

Drought conditions across much of Nebraska this summer, most severe in the West, have significantly reduced forage production from pasture and…

Rotational grazing and planting perennial vegetation can help both livestock and a type of sandpiper whose breeding grounds include northeastern South Dakota. For that reason, landowners are eligible for a new funding pool for making improvements that benefit the long-billed curlew.

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In many areas of Nebraska, drought conditions have reduced forage production on rangeland and pasture. Windrow grazing annual forages allows producers to cut the crop at an optimum time for quality and increase harvest efficiency through strip grazing the windrows.

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When it comes to putting up quality hay, the money is in the details. Improper equipment settings can leave hay in the field, add dirt to hay, cause long-term damage to forage stands and shorten hay storage life. Proper equipment settings can provide big payoffs in maximizing forage yield and quality.

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