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Enrollment for the 2024 4-H program year has opened for members, clover kids and volunteers. New and returning club members, as well as new and returning club leaders must enroll through 4HOnline. Use the new Pick-Your-Project resource guide to aid you in selecting your project areas for the 2024 year.
With first cutting alfalfa, comes the annual appearance of alfalfa weevils chewing through stands and destroying yields and quality. Proper scouting, identification, and treatment are needed to properly handle these hay field pests. Use economic thresholds to decide if harvest or insecticides are the best option when larval levels pass thresholds and keep an eye out even after first cutting for a late flush.
If your pasture had weed issues last year, chances are that some of those same plants will be making a comeback again. Managing pasture weeds starts now in the spring. Whether changing grazing management or using a herbicide treatment, properly identify the target, choose the option that makes sense, and apply the control in a timely fashion. Time spent well now will result in less weed issues this summer and fall.
Along with vaccinations and fly tags, growth implants are another management tool for producers to consider. While we know that implementation will increase average daily gain if grass production is adequate, we can’t predict what the exact response will be. In the past, premiums for non-implanted calves may have made the sacrifice of weight gain worthwhile, but current market surveys have shown the premiums offered, unless in a natural or organic beef program, may not be worth the cost.
Proper stocking is a cornerstone of proper grazing management and a healthy pasture. To get it right, look at impacts on production like grazing management and invasive species as well as demand, factors like animal size and genetic disposition. Take the time to balance these out regularly and your pasture and herd will thank you.
Poison hemlock and its cousin, Water hemlock, are on the list of top ten poisonous Nebraska plants. One of the things that can make hemlock so dangerous is the ease of witch it can be confused with non-toxic species like Wild carrot. Hemlock poses a very real risk of poison to livestock, but with proper identification and grazing practices, this risk can be minimized.

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