Beef Systems

 

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Beef Systems

               Does rain often damage your high quality hay just before it’s ready to bale? There is a baling method that may help solve that problem.

                Rain plays havoc with hay quality.  Even when you study weather reports and do your best to cut when good drying weather is expected, just before your hay is ready to bale, it gets damaged by rain.

               Pretty soon you are going to be ready to plant grass or alfalfa.  You will hook up your seeder, fill it with seed, and start to plant.  But first, let's check that seedbed.

               The open winter left many of you with more hay left over than expected.  Save some of that hay in case of drought, but any extra hay might provide extra value if it is used strategically.

               Fall-planted rye, triticale, and wheat as well as spring pastures soon should be ready to graze.  These fields can give great grazing, but be sure you take steps to avoid problems with grass tetany.

                Grass tetany is caused by low blood magnesium. Low blood magnesium can be due to low levels of magnesium in lush spring grass, but it also is caused by mineral imbalances like high potassium and nitrogen or low calcium in the diet.

               Are you going to plant a new hay field this year?  Instead of automatically planting pure alfalfa, think about mixing some grass into your planting.

               Hay growers in our area often plant new fields to pure alfalfa without even thinking about other alternatives.  For lots of folks, pure alfalfa is the best choice, but many of you might find it better to mix in some grass, like orchardgrass, smooth brome, or festulolium, with your alfalfa.

               What’s it cost to rent pasture this year?  Every year I get that question – and I hate it!  Fortunately, preliminary results from the Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey were just released.

               As you know, pasture rent varies for many reasons.  Quality of the grassland, location of the pasture, fence, water, and management responsibilities, as well as tradition, individual relationships, and local demand all influence individual pasture rental rates.