Rural Nebraskans rethinking water priorities following drought

Eighty percent of rural Nebraskans with farming interests experienced a loss of business income because of last year's drought, according to the Nebraska Rural Poll. FULL STORY »

Pasture Rangeland Forage Insurance a 2014 risk management tool

The USDA Risk Management Agency is once again offering the Pasture Rangeland Forage (PRF) Insurance program for the 2014 crop year to include Nebraska in a Rainfall Index (RI) area. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: Cereal rye - A cover crop with feed value?

In recent years, rye (Secale cereale L.), also known as cereal rye or winter rye, has been planted by producers as an entry level or "user friendly" cover crop. FULL STORY »

Hay meadow management for growth next year Play video

We discuss fall hay meadow management and its impact on cattle nutrition with Terry Bidwell and Dave Lalman. FULL STORY »

Cattlemen can look to cornfields for low-cost feed

Despite what appears to be a more bountiful harvest compared to last year, cattle farmers are continuing to experience the pinch of elevated feed costs. FULL STORY »

Grazing corn stalk residue

Having cows graze to meet their nutrient needs is less expensive than having to deliver harvested forages to them. Crop residues can be an inexpensive option. FULL STORY »

Prussic acid poisoning is a concern after a light frost

It was discovered in the early 1900s that under certain conditions sorghums are capable of releasing hydrocyanic acid (HCN) or commonly called prussic acid. FULL STORY »

Study examines climate change effects on crop mix shift

Drought conditions in Texas and throughout the U.S. the past decade have not only caused crops to fail, but farmers have had to alter the mix of commodities planted to better adapt to a changing environment. FULL STORY »

Hay fires difficult to put out, bales can combust spontaneously

Hay and fire are a bad combination for more reasons than you might think. FULL STORY »

Let grass, cows be guide when weaning

Producers should let the condition of their cattle and forage dictate when to wean calves, two North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists say. FULL STORY »

Pacific temperatures forecast average winter Play video

The Midwest should see a drier fall and an average winter, according to a climate scientist at the University of Missouri. FULL STORY »

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My pastures were hit pretty hard by drought this season. What should I be looking for to help my pastures recover?

Matt McGowin, DuPont Crop Protection range and pasture specialist in the mid-South region:

Question: My pastures were hit pretty hard by drought this season. What should I be looking for to help my pastures recover?

Answer: Matt McGowin, DuPont Crop Protection range and pasture specialist in the mid-South region.Severe lack of moisture and record-setting heat in many parts of the country weakened plants, challenged weed control efforts and amplified plant stress from grazing. The result has been thinner stands of grass that will have a harder time competing with weeds.  Read More…


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