Hay and Forage Minute

Wednesday May 5, 2017
Sweetclover – Friend or Foe
Sweetclover shows up naturally in pastures each year. Many folks think of it as just another weed. Let me try to describe ways to use it so it becomes a welcome addition to your grasslands. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday May 3, 2017
Begin Watching For Alfalfa Weevils
Alfalfa weevils have started feeding on alfalfa in several areas. That means it’s time to scout, so listen up and I’ll describe what to look for and how to handle any injury. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday May 1, 2017
Assessing Freeze Damage
Was your alfalfa damaged by frost last week? Frozen alfalfa usually needs some time to recover before damage can be estimated. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday April 26, 2017
Postemergence Weed Control in Alfalfa
Are weeds showing up in your new alfalfa? If they get thick, you alfalfa will suffer. Check your fields today after listening to some options to control those weeds. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday April 26, 2017
Harvesting Sunlight
Free for the taking. Free lunch. Absolutely no cost. Something for nothing. Don’t you love it when you can get something for free? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 24, 2017
Getting the Most Out Of Oat Pasture
Many people are trying oat pasture this spring. The potential seems great, but you may be disappointed if you don’t graze it right. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday April 21, 2017
Grazing Reed Canarygrass
Many of us have wetland pastures that contain lots of reed canarygrass. For many of you, it might be the first perennial grass ready for grazing this spring. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday April 19, 2017
Managing Spring Grazing
Spring pastures are growing fast and early. Effective spring management can help pastures and cattle be more productive all year. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 17, 2017
Risks With Heavy manure Applications
Last week I told you about applying a heavy dose of manure before planting alfalfa. Trouble is, there are situations where this may not be a good idea. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday April 14, 2017
Options For Fertilizing Pastures
Is nitrogen fertilizer too expensive for pasture? It might be unless your fertilizer applications and grazing are managed well. Stick around and I’ll describe some efficiency tips. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday April 14, 2017
Options For Fertilizing Pastures
Is nitrogen fertilizer too expensive for pasture? It might be unless your fertilizer applications and grazing are managed well. Stick around and I’ll describe some efficiency tips. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday April 12, 2017
Chasing Green to Control Weeds in Native Pastures
The greening up of pastures usually is a good sign, except when the green is weeds like cheatgrass in native warm-season grasses. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 10, 2017
Applying Manure Before Seeding Alfalfa
Where do you spread manure? What crops benefit most from manure application? One good choice is a field about to be seeded to alfalfa. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday April 7, 2017
Wrapping Hay to Beat The Weather
Does rain often damage your high quality hay just before it’s ready to bale? There is a baling method that may help solve that problem. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday April 5, 2017
Firm Seedbeds For Planting Grasses and Alfalfa
Pretty soon you are going to be ready to plant grass or alfalfa. You will hook up your seeder, fill it with seed, and start to plant. But first, let’s check that seedbed. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 3, 2017
Put Carryover Hay To Good Use
The open winter left many of you with more hay left over than expected. Save some of that hay in case of drought, but any extra hay might provide extra value if it is used strategically. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday March 29, 2017
Pre-Season Alfalfa Irrigation
Attention growers of irrigated alfalfa. Have you watered your alfalfa yet? With low soil moisture levels in may areas, now might be a good time to start. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday March 29, 2017
Reducing The Cost of Planting Roundup Ready Alfalfa
Roundup ready alfalfa seed is expensive. But establishing a new field may not cost as much as you might think. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday March 27, 2017
Plan Herbicide Use For Later Forage Crops
Got your herbicides selected for your corn, beans and other crops? Better double check if a cover crop, pasture, or hay planting is a possibility during the next year and a half. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday March 24, 2017
Grass-Alfalfa Mixtures Instead of Pure Alfalfa
Are you going to plant a new hay field this year? Instead of automatically planting pure alfalfa, think about mixing some grass into your planting. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday March 22, 2017
Use Care When Burning Grasslands
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. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday March 20, 2017
Pasture Rental Rates
What’s it cost to rent pasture this year? Every year I get that question – and I hate it! Fortunately, preliminary results from the Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey were just released. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday March 17, 2017
Prevent Grass Tetany
Fall-Planted rye, triticale, and wheat as well as spring pastures soon should be ready to graze. These fields can give great grazing, but be sure you take steps to avoid problems with grass tetany. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday March 15, 2017
Checking Alfalfa for Winter Injury
Alfalfa has greened up and started to grow in many areas. The recent cold weather has stopped it temporarily. When it begins again, stands need to be evaluated soon. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday March 13, 2017
Oats and Italian Ryegrass for High Quality Pasture
High quality pasture always seems to be in short supply. If you need high quality early pasture, use oats and Italian ryegrass. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday March 10, 2017
Prepare Now To Beat The Drought
Winter will be over soon and another grazing season will begin. Who knows how much moisture lies ahead. Today I’ll suggest some ways you can limit the forage problems drought could cause. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday March 8, 2017
Grazing Winter Small Grains
Small grains planted last fall are greening up and may be ready to graze in a few weeks. This spring, let’s make sure these pastures are productive and safe. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday March 6, 2017
Frost Seed Legumes into Pastures and Hay Meadows
Adding clovers, alfalfa, or other legumes to grasslands can boost profits. Today I’ll describe three steps to add legumes successfully to your pastures and meadows. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday February 27, 2017
Dormant Spray for Alfalfa Weeds
Recent warm weather soon will green up your alfalfa. Before that happens, though, maybe you should do a little weed control. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday February 20, 2017
Risk of Alfalfa Winter Injury
I’m worried. I’m worried that winter will return. And when that happens, what will it do to our alfalfa fields? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday February 13, 2017
Miracle Products and Foo Foo Dust
Increase your profits and production for just pennies per acre. Haven’t we all seen or heard such tempting claims about various products. But is it real? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday February 6, 2017
Feed High Quality Hay After Calving
Good cow nutrition is crucial following calving to get cows rebred. Today let’s review some guidelines to do the job right. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday January 30, 2017
What’s in a Name?
What comes to mind if I say forage rye? What about ryegrass? These words can mean half a dozen types of forage and they all are very different. Let me try to reduce the confusion. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday January 23, 2017
Plan For Drought When Preparing Pasture Leases
Do you rent pasture? What happens if drought lowers pasture production below expectations? Specifically, what does your pasture lease say about drought? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday January 16, 2017
Supplement Cows To Improve Calf Performance
Can you feed your pregnant cows so their steer calves gain more weight and more heifer calves get pregnant? Recent research suggests that proper supplementation pays off. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday January 9, 2017
Corn Stalk Quality After Weathering
Christmas was rainy, snow comes and goes, and it’s always windy. How does all this weather affect the feed quality of your corn stalks or winter pasture? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday January 2, 2017
Save Hay by Reducing Feeding Waste
Much expense and many long hours go into harvesting and storing hay for winter feeding. So why waste it! Hay feeding waste can be reduced. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday December 26, 2016
Introducing rangepastureforages.unl.edu
How do you find information about on-going Nebraska research, education opportunities, or management recommendations for rangeland, pastures, or forages? Try rangpasturforages.unl.edu. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3
rangepastureforages.unl.edu

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Monday December 19, 2016
A Forage For Every Season
Think back over the past couple of years. Did you have ample pasture all season long, or were there times when more forage growth would have helped? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday December 12, 2016
The Protein-Fiber Connection
Most winter feeding programs for dry cows rely on less expensive, lower quality forages that have low amounts of crude protein, and most of their energy value comes from fiber. How does this work? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday December 5, 2016
Feeding Alfalfa As A Protein Supplement
Feeding more protein than cattle need, can get expensive. Alfalfa may be an inexpensive protein source, especially if you feed just enough alfalfa to provide the protein your animals need. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday November 28, 2016
Test Before Feeding Corn Stalk Bales
Corn stalk bales will provide much needed feed this winter for many producers. If you’re one of them, be sure to feed them effectively. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday November 21, 2016
High Quality Hay Still Brings Top Dollar
Market gurus say to make profits you must buy low and sell high. What market gives you that opportunity today? The stock market; no; it’s the hay market. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday November 14, 2016
Sample Hay Correctly
Forage tests can tell you the nutrient concentration in your hay. But only if the sample you collect accurately resembles your hay. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3
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Monday November 7, 2016
Grazing Stockpiled Grass During Winter
Grass remaining for winter grazing can really help cut feed costs for stock cows. Your grazing strategy can greatly influence how effectively you use this pasture. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday October 31, 2016
Nitrate Nitrogen or Nitrate – Know The Difference
I just got the nitrate test results back from the lab and the level was 3,000. Am I in trouble? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3
http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/beef/5891/33379

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Monday October 24, 2016
Winter Annuals Invading Warm-Season Pastures
Native, warm-season grass pastures often get overtaken by cool-season grasses like cheatgrass, downy brome, and smooth bromegrass. What can you do to minimize this problem? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday October 17, 2016
Be Alert To Health Risks When Grazing Turnips
Many summer planted turnips are ready to graze. This wonderful resource is not without potential health hazards, however. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday October 10, 2016
Reducing Yucca In Rangeland
Yucca plants, which are also called soapweed by many people, have nearly overrun many rangelands. There are ways, though, to reclaim those grazinglands. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday October 3, 2016
Plan Access To Winter Hay
What happens to your hay if you have a snowy or muddy winter? Will you be able to get to it? Prepare now for winter barriers with proper placement. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday October 3, 2016
Plan Access To Winter Hay
What happens to your hay if you have a snowy or muddy winter? Will you be able to get to it? Prepare now for winter barriers with proper placement. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday September 28, 2016
Control Weeds in Seedling Alfalfa
Late summer plantings of alfalfa tend to have fewer weeds than spring plantings. But, fall weeds are a problem in some fields this year. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday September 28, 2016
Baling Stalks For Winter Feed
Your corn is about to get combined. Maybe you are wondering if you should bale some of the stalks. Is it worth it? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday September 26, 2016
Thistle Control During October
It’s thistle time again. Even if they are hard to see, this is the time to control them. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday September 23, 2016
Sample and Test Hay Before Winter Feeding
How will you know how much protein and energy your cows will get when you start feeding your hay and silage? Or how much supplement to feed? Find out by following instruction for sampling and testing. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday September 21, 2016
Get Ready For Spring Grazing
When did your livestock start grazing last spring? Mid-May? Late April? Let’s talk about getting started a month earlier next year. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday September 19, 2016
Winter Grazing Opportunities
As our growing season winds down, it’s time to plan and assess your winter grazing options. Some options may be pretty good this year. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday September 16, 2016
Fall Preparation To Sodseed Pastures and Hay Meadows
Pastures and hay meadows provide higher quality feed, are more productive, and cheaper to grow if they have good forage legumes growing in them. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday September 14, 2016
Weeds In Alfalfa May Suggest Reseeding
Did weeds take over your alfalfa this summer? Well, join the crowd. So why were the weeds so vigorous and what might happen to your alfalfa? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday September 12, 2016
Challenge To Producers Who Grow Alfalfa For Beef Cattle
Do you grow alfalfa for your beef cows or for feedlots? If so, maybe you should try harvesting your last cutting as a higher value cash crop this year. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday September 9, 2016
Guidelines for Alfalfa Harvest During The Winterizing Period
Every fall I warn about cutting alfalfa during its winterizing period. Since you may have quite a bit of growth available now, let’s discuss how you can do it most safely. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday September 7, 2016
Fall Control of Winter Annual Bromes
Did you have downy brome, cheatgrass, or wild oats in your pasture this spring? Although difficult, they can be controlled and your pasture revitalized. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday September 5, 2016
Disc Mowers Damage Grass in Grass-Alfalfa Mixes
I like mixing alfalfa with grasses like orchardgrass, fescue and festulolium. Disc mowers are complicating my plans, however. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday September 2, 2016
Avoid Pasture Damage During Fall Grazing
Many of us have had plenty of moisture to support pasture growth this year. Don’t take too much advantage of the extra growth, however. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday August 31, 2016
Planning That Last Cutting of Alfalfa
As we start September, it's time to decide when to take your last cutting of alfalfa. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday August 29, 2016
Cover Crops Following Corn Silage
Following corn silage harvest, your ground can lay bare for seven to nine months. Instead, let’s plant some crops to grow and cover it until next season. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday August 26, 2016
Late Planting Alternatives for Fall Grazing
August is ending; September beginning. Pasture season is nearly over. Or is it? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday August 24, 2016
Protecting Silage With Plastic
Plastic. Every year I emphasize this word: plastic. Plastic is one of those things you forget how useful and valuable it can be. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday August 22, 2016
Secrets For Drying Sorghums and Millets
What’s the secret to getting sorghums, sudans, and millets dry enough to bale? I hear that question every year and you know what, there is no secret. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday August 19, 2016
Rye, Triticale or Wheat - Which is best?
Are you planting, or at least thinking about planting wheat, rye or triticale for early spring forage? Which one will you choose? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday August 17, 2016
Options for Late Summer Pasture Weeds
How does your pasture look today? Is it full of weeds? In this segment, Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist, discusses your options to deal with this problem.MP3

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Monday August 15, 2016
Late Summer Planting of Alfalfa
Is planting alfalfa in your plans yet this year? This is a good time to plant and replace fields that have dried up of thinned out. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday August 12, 2016
Correct Timing Makes The Best Silage
Will you chop silage this year? Do it right and time your harvest correctly. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday August 10, 2016
Planting Next Year’s Grazing Today
Do you have extra grass this year? If so, there are ways you can improve next year’s grazing by managing this year’s grass. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday August 8, 2016
Inoculating Corn and Sorghum Silage
To make good silage, a little help for inoculants can improve fermentation. When and how can you get the best use from them? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday August 5, 2016
Haying Wet Meadows That Are Too Wet
The extra rain received on rangelands this year has been mostly welcome. But it has raised havoc with making hay, especially on wet meadows. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday August 3, 2016
Be Wary Of Nitrates
Will you graze or feed hay from cane, millet, oats, or maybe corn stalk bales, to your cows this year? If so, don’t let high nitrate levels kill your cows or cause abortions. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday August 1, 2016
Spreading Manure On Alfalfa
Will spreading manure during summer help or harm alfalfa? To avoid much damage, some guidelines are needed. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday July 27, 2016
Protect New Alfalfa From Grasshoppers
Do you plan to seed a new field or alfalfa? Have you thought about protecting it from grasshoppers? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday July 27, 2016
Oats For Fall Pasture Or Hay
It’s almost August and fall is just around the corner. Could you use some extra pasture of hay in late September and October? Oats might be your answer. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday July 25, 2016
Heat Effects On Alfalfa
As we experience the extreme heat of summer, plants adjust in various ways. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday July 22, 2016
Ergot in Pastures
Ergot has been found in a few Nebraska pastures this summer. This fungus can be toxic to cattle, horses and other livestock so check your pastures and hay fields to see if your animals may be at risk. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday July 20, 2016
Nebraska Grazing Conference
What will you be doing in about three weeks? If your are serious about improving the success of your grazing, how about attending the Nebraska grazing conference. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3
http://grassland.unl.edu/nebraskagrazingconference

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Monday July 18, 2016
Harvesting Summer Annual Grasses For Hay
Can hay from summer annual grasses be dry and high quality? No way, you say? It can’t be done! Well, if these are your thoughts, let’s see if I can change your mind. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday July 15, 2016
Summer Water Demand
This summer’s heat and humidity makes it abundantly clear how important adequate water is for your pastured livestock. Let’s discuss ways to provide water throughout your pastures. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday July 13, 2016
Inventory and Ration as Pastures Dry
Pastures can dry up rapidly with hot July temperatures and little rain. How will your grazing plans change if your pastures don’t receive any more rain this growing season. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday July 11, 2016
Grazing Sudangrass, Pearl Millet and Sorghum Hybrids
Summer annual grasses planted this spring soon could be ready to graze. Let’s review some grazing guidelines to help you avoid and potential hazards or problems. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday July 6, 2016
Summer Heat and Forage Growth
Summer heat hit us hard the past few weeks. How do these high temperatures affect different types of forage plants? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday July 6, 2016
Use Moisture Wisely
Every time it rains on your pasture, some of the water is used to support plant growth and some of the water is wasted. Fortunately, you control most of it. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday July 4, 2016
Hay Moisture Testers
Have you ever baled hay you thought was dry, only to have it heat and mold and spoil in storage? Maybe moisture meters and proves can help you avoid this problem. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday July 1, 2016
Planning For Dry Weather
While talking to a producer about pasture last week, he said “we’re always three weeks away from a drought around here.” That made me think. Are we ready for a drought? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday June 29, 2016
Alfalfa And Heat
When the temperature is consistently above 90 degrees, many rules of thumb for alfalfa harvest management, like cut at one-tenth bloom should be thrown out the window. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday June 27, 2016
Remove Bales Soon After Harvest
Many fields have been cut and baled for hay lately. Looking around thought, I see many of those bales still in the middle of fields. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday June 24, 2016
Prairie Hay Strategies
When should you cut prairie hay? Let’s look at some things to consider. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday June 22, 2016
Managing Windrow Disease in Alfalfa
Rained-on hay plagues all of us eventually. This year maybe more than usual. The “windrow disease” that often follows presents lingering problems. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday June 20, 2016
Oats Not Performing As Expected
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been bombarded with questions about why oats are short and heading out early. I’m still looking for the answer. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday June 17, 2016
Seeding Forages Into Wheat Stubble
Wheat stubble can be an excellent seedbed to plant forages into using no-till. It may take some advance planning, thought, to be successful. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday June 15, 2016
Controlling Summer Grasses In Alfalfa
Wet soils in alfalfa fields right after cutting will certainly do on thing. It will help weedy grasses like foxtail and crabgrass grow. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday June 13, 2016
Stockpile Extra Summer Growth For Winter Pasture
Abundant rain produces abundant grass. If this describes your grasslands, let’s find the best way to take advantage of this blessing. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday June 10, 2016
Windrow Grazing to Extend Grazing, Preserve Quality
How do you handle pastures that grow too fast? That’s what brome, bluegrass and other cool-season grasses have done lately. There are several options. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday June 8, 2016
Proper Hay Storage
Did you make any good quality hay yet? To keep it valuable and in good shape, proper storage is needed. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday June 6, 2016
Control Potato Leafhoppers
Potato leafhoppers are starting to injure alfalfa in many areas. Scouting for these insects and protecting your alfalfa from injury may be needed in your fields. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday June 3, 2016
Raise Cutting Height When First Harvest is Delayed
Rain has delayed many folks from cutting alfalfa. If you haven’t taken first cutting yet, it might help if you slightly changed the way you cut this crop. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday June 1, 2016
Grazing Management Critical Now
Most pastures are looking pretty good. But how they are grazed now will affect how well your pastures do the rest of the summer. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday May 30, 2016
Rain, Rain, Go Way
Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. Nebraska growers need to cut hay. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday May 27, 2016
Plan The Timing of Grass Hay Harvest
Native meadows will soon start growing rapidly and bromegrass is about to head out. Here are some tips to make your grass hay suitable for your animals. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday May 25, 2016
Bluegrass vs. Brome
Bluegrass is heading out and overrunning brome pastures throughout the region this spring. There are some ways, thought, to get brome dominance back into these pastures. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday May 23, 2016
Assess Condition of Alfalfa Fields At First Harvest
First cutting of alfalfa is here or approaching rapidly. That’s a good time to evaluate field conditions and then plan future management. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday May 18, 2016
Cutting Excess Spring Pasture for Hay
Substantial spring rain. That’s something most of you folks have received this year. How will you handle the excess pasture growth all the rain will produce? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday May 16, 2016
Hastening Hay Dry-Down
Haying season is here, along with the rainy season. Fortunately, there are ways to hasten hay dry-down to beat the weather. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday May 16, 2016
Fertilizing Cool-Season Grasses in May
Most pastures have good soil moisture from spring rains. Fertilizing now might help you take advantage of that moisture. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday May 13, 2016
Postemergence Weed Control in Alfalfa
Ragweed has been a problem in many pastures during recent years. Let’s look at ways to reduce the problem this year. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday May 11, 2016
Reducing Ragweed in Pastures
Are weeds showing up in your new alfalfa? If they get thick, your alfalfa will suffer. Check your fields today after listening to some options to control those weeds. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday May 9, 2016
Harvesting Sunlight
Free for the taking. Free lunch. Absolutely no cost. Something for nothing. Don’t you love it when you can get something for free? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday May 6, 2016
How Early Can Alfalfa Be Cut?
How early can you cut alfalfa? Does it hurt alfalfa to cut first harvest before buds develop? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday May 4, 2016
Harvesting Small Grain Cereals for Hay or Silage
The rye, triticale, and other small grains you planted last fall are starting to grow tall. Harvest as hay or silage should occur soon. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday, May 2, 2016
Managing Spring Grazing
Spring pastures are growing fast and early. Effective spring management can help pastures be more productive all year. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Still Time to Fertilize Summer Hay Meadows
Do you need to grow more hay for next winter? One way to get that extra hay might be to fertilize your hay meadows this spring. There’s still time. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Grazing Wet Pastures
Wet, muddy pastures require special grazing techniques. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 25, 2016
Preseason Hay Equipment Maintenance
Looking for something to do during rainy days or downtime? Preseason maintenance of hay equipment now might save you time and money in a couple weeks. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday April 22, 2016
Be Realistic With Irrigated Pastures
Many folks are planting irrigated pastures this spring. While it might be your best crop choice, don’t expect miracles. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday April 20, 2016
Pre-Season Alfalfa Irrigation
Attention growers of irrigated alfalfa. Have you ever irrigated before first cutting? If you’ve received little spring precipitation, now might be a good time to start. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 18, 2016
Increase Pasture Carrying Capacity Using Cross Fences
As your cows finish grazing corn stalks, don’t put away your electric fence for the summer. You can use it to stretch your pasture. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday April 15, 2016
Controlling Musk Thistle
Does anybody like musk thistles in pastures? If not, let’s do something about them. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday April 13, 2016
Getting the Most Out of CRP
Most CRP fields can be used as pasture or hay periodically. If that is in your plans, make the most of this opportunity. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 11, 2016
Thickening Old Alfalfa Stands
The other day I received a call. “How can I thicken my old stand of alfalfa with more alfalfa,” I was asked. Let me share with you my usual response to this question. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday April 8, 2016
Take Advantage of Spring Soil Moisture
Most of us have more moisture in our soil profiles this spring than we’ve experienced in a long time. Let’s take full advantage of this promising condition. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday April 6, 2016
Wrapping Hay to Beat The Weather
Does rain often damage your high quality hay just before it’s ready to bale? There’s a baling method that may help solve that problem. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday April 4, 2016
Controlling Winter Annual Brome With Herbicides
Cheatgrass, downy brome, wild oats. Last fall’s moisture is make these early weeds a big problem in pastures this spring. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday April 1, 2016
Grazing During An Extra Early Spring
Spring pastures are growing fast and early. Since spring management affects your production all year, stay tuned as I share some early grazing thoughts. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday March 30, 2016
Prevent Grass Tetany
Fall-planted rye, triticale, and wheat as well as spring pastures soon should be ready to graze. These fields can give great grazing, but be sure you take steps to avoid problems with grass tetany. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday March 28, 2016
Using Companion Crops When Planting Alfalfa
Are you planting some alfalfa this spring? Using oats or another companion crop? Let’s examine the options. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday March 25, 2016
Early Graze to Control Weeds in Native Pastures
Have you noticed any green-up in your pastures? This usually is a good sign, except when the green is weeds in warm-season grasses. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday March 23, 2016
Make Pasture Fertilizing Pay
Spring is approaching and cool-season grass pastures are starting to green-up. We should begin thinking about fertilizing. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday March 21, 2016
Consider Double Cropping Forages on Crop Ground
Can’t make money on your crop ground and need more pasture? Double cropping annual forages may be a better option. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday March 18, 2016
Brown Mid-Rib Varieties Improve Quality
Summer annual grasses often are an important part of many hay and pasture plans. As you select a variety to plant this coming summer, choose one with a genetic trait that improves animal nutrition. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday March 16, 2016
Grazing Winter Small Grains
Small grains planted last fall are greening up and may be ready to graze in a few weeks. This spring, let’s make sure these pastures are productive and safe. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday March 14, 2016
Planting Alfalfa Before the End of March
Spring seems to be coming early this year. You might be getting anxious to plant alfalfa but may be asking yourself—is this too early? Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Friday March 11, 2016
Reducing Cost of Planting Roundup Ready Alfalfa
Roundup Ready alfalfa seed is more expensive. But establishing a new field may not cost as much as you might think. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Wednesday March 9, 2016
Applying Manure before Seeding Alfalfa
Where do you spread manure? What crops benefit most from manure application? One good choice is a field about to be seeded to alfalfa. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday March 7, 2016
Dormant Spray for Alfalfa Weeds
Recent warm weather soon will green up your alfalfa. Before that happens, though, maybe you should do a little weed control. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday February 29, 2016
Prepare Now to Beat the Drought
Winter will be over soon and another grazing season will begin. Who knows how much moisture lies ahead. Today I’ll suggest some ways you can limit the forage problems drought could cause. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday February 22, 2016
Feed High Quality Hay after Calving
Good cow nutrition is crucial following calving to get cows rebred. Today let’s review some guidelines to do the job right. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday February 15, 2016
Plan Ahead to Use Cover Crops as Forage
Grazing cover crops or cutting them for hay is becoming popular. For best results, though, it takes planning. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday February 8, 2016
Snow or Water—What’s the Dif?
Are you getting tired of winter? Tired of hauling water or chopping ice? Well maybe, just maybe you can let your cows eat snow from last week’s storm for their water needs. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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Monday February 1, 2016
Irrigated Pastures Beat High Rent and Low Crop Prices
High pasture rents, risk of drought, and little profit from irrigated crops make irrigated pasure an attractive option. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension Forage Specialist.MP3

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