Content tagged "beef pasture forages"

Summer Annual Forage Grasses for Extra Pasture

Beef Cattle Updated: September 23, 2014

  Which summer annual forage grass should you plant for summer pasture? This can be confusing because there are five different types of summer annual forage...

Interpreting RFV of Grass Hay

Beef Cattle Updated: September 23, 2014

  Farmers and ranchers often tell me their prairie hay or cane hay or other grass hay looks really good but when a lab tested it the relative feed value,...

How Early Can Alfalfa Be Cut?

Beef Cattle Updated: September 23, 2014

  First cutting often is the most important cutting of the year. It usually produces the most yield and its forage quality changes fastest from day to...

Salvaging Wheat as Hay

Beef Cattle Updated: September 23, 2014

  Wheat growers worry about poor grain yields. Thin stands, dry soils, uneven maturity, and various pests have lowered yield expectations in many fields.If...

Plant Turnips for Winter Grazing

Beef Cattle Updated: September 23, 2014

  Extending your grazing season into fall and winter often pays big dividends. Turnips provide good grazing beginning in October and often last into the new...

When to Harvest Prairie Hay

Beef Cattle Updated: September 22, 2014

  Different livestock have different nutritional requirements. Dry, mature cows need 7 to 8 percent protein and 50 to 54 percent TDN in their diet. In...

Last Minute Tips for Planting Alfalfa in August

Beef Cattle Updated: September 22, 2014

  Alfalfa planted in August establishes well when moisture is available. Be sure to plant early enough so alfalfa has 6 to 8 weeks between emergence and...

Grazing of Oat Pastures

Beef Cattle Updated: September 22, 2014

  Oat pastures have increase in popularity in recent years as one way to reduce problems from drought. Oat pastures can be long lasting and productive, but...

Corn Stalk Grazing Calculator

Beef Cattle Updated: September 18, 2014

   This calculator allows users to consider corn yield as criteria for calculating the worth of cornstalks using formulas from the article "A Review of Corn...

Testing Forages for Quality

Beef Cattle Updated: June 28, 2012

Are all forages alike? Of course not, but how different are they?This is hard to tell just by smelling, touching, and looking at the forage. Its hard to see...

Diagnosing the Cause of Yellow Alfalfa

Beef Cattle Updated: June 26, 2012

Recently, Nebraska extension offices have been receiving yellowish alfalfa from growers fields. When agents and growers discussed the growing conditions and...

Ragweed in Pastures

Beef Cattle Updated: June 22, 2012

For the past couple of years, ragweed growth has exploded in pastures. This has happened because of the timely spring rains that encouraged germination and...

Selecting Summer Annual Forage Grasses

Beef Cattle Updated: June 22, 2012

Are you hoping to overcome drought by planting a summer annual grass? What type of summer annual will you plant? This can be confusing because there are five...

Effective Controls for Red Cedars in Pastures

Beef Cattle Updated: June 21, 2012

The best way to prevent eastern red cedar trees from overpopulating pastures is by cutting them down or applying herbicides.The cedars can compete with...

Creeping Alfalfas-The Real Story

Beef Cattle Updated: June 14, 2012

There have been several alfalfa varieties that have been developed that have claimed that they could spread, run, or creep to thicken stands. These alfalfa...

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