UNL BeefWatch July 2018

Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Preconditioning

Preconditioning programs can vary greatly from one operation to another but share the common goal of preparing calves for the next phase of production. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Cow-calf producers have the option of preconditioning calves at weaning to improve health status and ultimately add value to their calf crop. Preconditioning programs can vary greatly from one operation to another but share the common goal of preparing calves for the next phase of production. The pr Continue reading…

Managing Windrow Disease in Alfalfa

Windrow disease presents special challenges.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. Rained-on hay plagues all of us eventually. This year maybe more than usual. The 'windrow disease' that often follows presents lingering problems.

Windrow disease — that’s the name I give to the striped appearance in fields where alfalfa windrows remained so long tha Continue reading…

Can I Irrigate Animal Manures On Growing Crops?

3.	A few important questions should be asked before applying animal manure/effluent to a growing crop. Photo courtesy of Larry Howard.The high rainfalls experienced in recent weeks have left many feedlot holding ponds full and operators looking for irrigation options for applying animal manure during the growing season. This article focuses on important considerations for application of open lot holding pond effluent and diluted m Continue reading…

July Ag Law and Ag Finance Clinics

Openings are available for one-on-one, confidential farm finance and ag law consultations being conducted across the state each month.

An experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor will be available to address farm and ranch issues related to financial planning, estate and transition p Continue reading…

Learning on the “Go” with Podcasts!

Use time behind the wheel as an educational opportunity by listening to podcasts.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Progressive ranchers and farmers committed to lifelong learning often find podcasts as a way to expand their knowledge base while using time effectively. For a majority of people involved in production agriculture, a significant amount of time is spent behind the wheel of a vehicle or piece of equi Continue reading…

Nebraska BQA: The Right Way Is The Only Way!

  Nebraska is the epicenter of the beef cattle community. Nebraska beef cattle producers are the Nation’s leaders and produce top quality beef for today’s consumers. When it comes to running a strong cattle operation, they do things the right way. Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is here to he Continue reading…

Drought-stressed Corn: A Feed Opportunity

Drought-stressed corn silage will contain lower levels of grain than normal corn silage.  Photo courtesy of Kristen Ulmer.The game of “what-if” can be tricky. What if the corn crop becomes drought damaged this year? Am I prepared to utilize this forage? Drought-stressed corn will start to wilt and roll its leaves. If drought occurs for four days during the silking and pollination period, the early reproductive stages o Continue reading…

Originally published July 1, 2018 - Submit an Item