UNL BeefWatch July 2013

Range Economics and Seral Stage

Photo courtesy of Scott Cotton. Seral stage is a reference to what developmental stage a plant community is currently within.
Plant communities which have been impacted by disturbances and set back to earlier types of plant communities are considered to be “low” or “developing” seral stage. Plant communities which are con Continue reading…

Western Nebraska Trees Showing Effects of 2012 Drought

Effects of 2012 Drought on a shelterbelt.Some call it the “perfect storm” of low precipitation, high temperatures and extreme wind that has produced serious consequences for western Nebraska trees. What many residents could not detect in the early days of spring is now unmistakably obvious—brown tree tops and dying windbreaks. Even trees o Continue reading…

Continued Good News for Grasshopper Risk On Rangeland

Results of 2013 rangeland grasshopper and Mormon cricket nymphal survey, as reported by USDA APHIS June 20, 2013. (Source: USDA APHIS)This year the Panhandle is the area in Nebraska at greatest risk for damaging grasshopper feeding in rangeland, according to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) scouting reports. Overall surveys have revealed some of the lowest grasshopper densities statewide in years (Figure 1). Continue reading…

Selection for Improved Feed Efficiency

Feed costs are a substantial portion of the total costs associated with growing animals.There is no doubt that feed costs are a substantial portion of the total costs associated with growing animals. Anderson and others (2005) estimated feed costs accounts for 66% of costs in calf-fed systems and 77% in yearling finishing systems. The ability to improve the utilization of nutrients h Continue reading…

Treating Crop Residues With Calcium Oxide

Calcium oxide treated forage.  Photo courtesy of Matt LuebbeMany producers are searching for alternatives to replace high priced feed again this year. Recently, research is being conducted at several Universities to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of treating crop residues with calcium oxide or calcium hydroxide in diets that include wet distill Continue reading…

Forage Options Following Irrigated Wheat

Summer annual forages such as sudan grass, sorghum x sudan hybrids, pearl millet, foxtail millet and teff are all options for producing additional forage. Wheat harvest in Nebraska will soon be upon us. As drought conditions continue in Nebraska it appears there will be quite a bit of demand for hay and forage this fall and winter. This may lead many producers to consider what annual forages could be planted into irrigated wheat stubble in western N Continue reading…

Forage and Grazing Tips

Cows grazing rye.WINDROW GRAZING TO EXTEND GRAZING, PRESERVE QUALITY

How do you handle pastures that grow too fast? That’s what brome as well as crop fields planted to oats or cereal rye for grazing have done lately. There are several options.

The most obvious way to Continue reading…

Originally published July 1, 2013 - Submit an Item