UNL BeefWatch January 2016

What Can We Expect From Forage Cover Crops?

While there are many positives to incorporating forage cover crops into existing forage systems, differences in production, nutritional value, and animal gain exist.  Photo courtesy of Jerry Volesky.VARIABLE PRODUCTION
There are (and should be) variable growth and production patterns for forage cover crops. Since forage cover crops are planted following grain crop production, their growth is influenced by the amount of light penetration (affected by residue amount), water availability (includ Continue reading…

Commit Time to Work on the Business this Year

As you make plans for this year, decide now to schedule time that will be spent working on the business in the year ahead.  Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.January has arrived. Traditionally this is the time of year when people reflect on the year past and also think about changes that could be made in the New Year to move them toward their goals. As you make plans for this year, decide now to schedule time that will be spent working on the business Continue reading…

HR 4 Ag & Main Street

The HR 4 Ag & Main Street program will be presented at four locations across Nebraska.  Photo courtesy of Jessica Jones.The HR 4 Ag & Main Street workshop is a three-hour face-to-face session created by Nebraska Extension and designed for farmers/ranchers and other agriculture and main street business owners. The goal of the program is to provide education on human resource management and human risk mitigation strate Continue reading…

Measuring Your Cost of Production and Profit Margin

In general, the Unit Cost of Production (UCOP) is simply your Total Costs divided by Total Production.  Photo courtesy of Jay Parsons.The cost of producing one unit of output is extremely important information in any business. It determines your break-even price which, in turn, helps determine pricing decisions and profit margins. It also provides a baseline for comparison to other producers with the same or similar output so you Continue reading…

Originally published January 1, 2016 - Submit an Item