September 27, 2021

Frost Can Cause Forage Hazards – Protect Your Livestock

A rancher posted on a facebook group I’m part of that she’d lost 4 cows and one bull to bloat four days after turning them into a frosted alfalfa pasture. What should have been no problem suddenly turned deadly thanks to changes in frosted alfalfa that increase bloat potential. But that’s not the only plant […]

May 24, 2021

Harvesting Free Sunlight Successfully Requires This One Thing

Free for the taking. Free lunch. Absolutely no cost. Something for nothing. Don’t you love it when you can get something for free? Input costs keep rising. Seed, fertilizer, pesticides, fuel, hay, supplements, trucking – everything seems to get more expensive. But miraculously, the most important input is still free. That input is sunlight. Grassland […]

January 20, 2020

Is Soybean Stubble Good Cattle Feed?

After soybeans are harvested, cows sometimes are put out on the residues to graze. Some bean residues are even baled. But how good is this feed?   We’re all familiar with the usefulness of grazing corn stalks, but I see more and more residue from soybean fields grazed every year. Cows seem to like licking […]

July 15, 2019

How to Graze Trampled Grass

For some On Pasture readers, there was way too much rain early in the grazing season and the grass got way ahead, causing more trampling issues. If you’re wondering how to graze it now, Bruce has some ideas for you. (From an August 2018 issue.) How should you graze regrowth in pastures that had tall […]

March 18, 2019

Does it Pay to Fertilize Pastures? Part 1 of 2

Yes, some folks say they’ve been able to give up fertilizing thanks to excellent grazing management. For those of us who are still working on getting there, here’s what research has shown about the economics of an added boost.

August 13, 2018

Ideas for Grazing Trampled Grass

If grass growth got away from you, like it did many Nebraskans this spring, you might be wondering how to graze it when the herd comes around to it again. Bruce has some ideas for you.

April 2, 2018

What Happens To Your Pasture Lease in Drought?

Do you rent pasture? What happens if drought lowers pasture production below expectations? Specifically, what does your pasture lease say about drought? It’s hard to think about drought in at the beginning of spring, but drought can play havoc on pasture leases. All too often, pasture leases fail to include an appropriate plan to adjust […]

March 26, 2018

When Does Fertilizing Pasture Pay? – Part 1

Thanks for this article go to Bruce Anderson and Jerry Volesky of Nebraska Extension, University of Nebraska, Lincoln and to UNL Beef Profit Tips. If you’d like to listen to this as a podcast instead, click here.  And let us know if you like listening to podcasts. We can find more for you! Pasture and […]

June 26, 2017

Solving Alfalfa “Windrow Disease”

Rained-on hay plagues all of us eventually. The ‘windrow disease’ that often follows presents lingering problems. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Forage Extension Specialist has these words of wisdom for preventing it.

November 28, 2016

Nitrate Awareness: Is Your Herd Safe?

I just got the forage test results back from the lab and the nitrate score was 3,000. Am I in trouble? Every year I get multiple questions similar to this one. Unfortunately, with just this information I’m unable to give a useful answer. So – the first question I ask is “Was this reported as […]

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