UNL BeefWatch September 2015

Keep an Eye on Cow Condition

Fall is one of the most important times to evaluate the condition of your cows.   Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Fall is one of the most important times to evaluate the condition of your cows. It gives you time to take action to ensure that your cows calve in adequate body condition.

We know that body condition at calving is one of the most important factors that determines a cows ability to rebreed. As Tabl Continue reading…

Test, Don’t Guess!

Hay samples should be taken using a hay probe or a core sampler.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Fall is here and the weather reminds us of the changing of the seasons. This is the time of year when many producers are hauling hay home for the winter as well as pricing and purchasing hay. There is a tremendous range in hay quality depending upon level of maturity, fertilization, growing conditi Continue reading…

Cover Crop Forages: The Nitrate Dilemma

Small grains can accumulate high levels of nitrates.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Planting cover crops such as brassicas and small grains during late summer or early fall is becoming a more common and accepted practice. Often these cover crops are grazed as a forage double crop. These species have been used as high quality forage for many years.

However, both the brassicas Continue reading…

Salvaging Leftover Pumpkins for Beef Cattle

One possibility to reduce feed costs is to use commodities that are available at salvage value.  Photo courtesy of Troy WalzCattle producers are always looking for ways to reduce feed costs for beef cattle production. One possibility is to use commodities that are available at salvage value. Purchasing commodities at salvage value can be a win/win situation for both the cattle producer and the owner of the commodity tha Continue reading…

Pasture Lease Workshop in Rushville

Pasture Lease Workshop in Rushville on September 17.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.A team of Nebraska Extension Educators and presenter Dr. Pat Reece, a consultant for Prairie and Montane Enterprises, will be hosting a pasture lease workshop in Rushville, NE on September 17th. This free event, sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund & Nebraska Extension will begin at 10 a.m. (MT) at Continue reading…

What’s up with WOTUS?

What does the temporary injunction of WOTUS mean for Nebraska farmers?  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Implementation of the Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (usually referred to as the WOTUS rule) was set to become effective on August 28, 2015. Several lawsuits were filed by agricultural groups, among others, requesting a preliminary injunction, or order, to halt the rul Continue reading…

Marketing Manure to Crop Producers

Manure continues to gain popularity as a fertilizer in cropping systems.Remember when you couldn’t give manure away? Times have certainly changed. Given the continued trend of high fertilizer prices, manure continues to gain popularity as a fertilizer in cropping systems where it may have been overlooked previously.

Brokering manure between livestock and crop farms has Continue reading…

Originally published September 1, 2015 - Submit an Item