UNL BeefWatch July 2017

Workshop on Growing and Grazing Cover Crops

Come learn about growing and grazing cover crops on August 4, 2017.  Photo courtesy of Mary Drewnoski.Nebraska Extension, Lancaster County Farm Bureau, Nebraska Corn Board and North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) have teamed up to provide a unique learning and networking opportunity for potential cover crop growers and cattle operators to partner and add mutual value.
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Preparing for a Drought

Having a drought plan well in advance of when the plan needs to be enacted is critical for weathering drought conditions as well as possible.  Photo courtesy of Karla Jenkins.As drought conditions worsen in eastern Montana and the Dakotas, dry conditions are creeping down into Nebraska. Having a drought plan well in advance of when the plan needs to be enacted is critical for weathering drought conditions as well as possible.

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Do you Graze or Hay Annual Forages? We Need Your Help!

Our goal is to understand how often producers run into nitrate issues when using annual forages.  Photo courtesy of Mary Drewnoski. We want to hear about your experiences. Many annual forages /cover crops are known to accumulate nitrate in dry or cool conditions (such as during late fall or early spring). Our goal is to understand how often producers run into nitrate issues when using these forages so that we can help cattle pro Continue reading…

Annual Forage Insurance Plan Changes

The Annual Forage Insurance Plan now includes a total of four growing seasons that cover the entire year.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Annual Forage Insurance Plan coverage is available in Nebraska from the USDA – Risk Management Agency (RMA) for annual forages seeded for use as livestock feed or fodder. This includes, annual forage plants seeded for grazing, haying, grazing/haying, grain/grazing, green chop, grazing/green chop, or Continue reading…

Quicken Tags for your Farm or Ranch

Tags are similar to categories, allowing you to easily sort transactions.You have your farm or ranch financial information entered into Quicken (Deluxe) and categorized each transaction by the proper type of income or expense. With this information, you can provide an up-to-date cash flow or tax summary report to your banker or accountant at a moment’s notice.

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Abnormally Dry conditions in the Central Sandhills

Drought monitor response for the week of June 20, 2017.Recent changes in the UNL Drought Monitor reflect what many producers in the central Sandhills have begun to see on their rangelands (See Fig. 1 http://go.unl.edu/r4rt). While most areas in Nebraska are not seeing the moderate to severe drought conditions that our neighbors in the Dakotas are experi Continue reading…

Managing Cattle Market Risk

What does success look like in a marketing plan?  Photo courtesy of Jay Parsons.Calves are on the ground and cattle are out to pasture. Hopefully, your calving season went well and the grass is green as you look forward to a good production season.

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Originally published July 1, 2017 - Submit an Item