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Beef Systems

This summer, Nebraska Extension is hosting series of pasture walks across northeast Nebraska the 3rd Tuesday of the month, June – September. The third event will be held August 20th at 4:00 PM at the Ellis Schrunk Ranch, 50684 837 Rd, Bartlett, NE. Ellis with son Steven will provide a tour of their operation as well as share personal experiences and insights on managing intensively grazed dairy and beef cattle.

The market value of agricultural land in Nebraska declined by three percent over the prior year to an average of $2,650 per acre according to the 2019 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey. This marks the fifth consecutive year of downward pressure as market values have dropped.

There are many things on our checklist as we recover from these historic floods and blizzards from the past several days. As we move forward, producers need to know the basics of the Livestock Indemnity Program and how this program may provide financial assistance to help cover livestock losses.
While this winter hasn’t been one for the record books in terms of snow fall, Mother Nature has been sure to remind us that she’s in charge by dropping the temperatures to well below freezing recently. Most producers have been through cold snaps before and are aware of the challenges they present; frozen water sources, increased feed requirements, and keeping a closer eye on the herd to make sure nothing goes awry. Properly understanding what resources we have and how much of an adjustment to make, is critical to properly manage herd nutrient requirements during this time of increased demand.
With all the rain we have seen this summer, it seems like water has been in just about every conversation. “How much rain did you get in that last storm? Did you see the flooding up north? We had enough rain that the basement has started to flood.” With summer moving quickly towards fall, another type of moisture might be on some folk’s mind, “Is my corn the right moisture for silage?” Some of you might be asking, why do we care what the moisture content of silage is when we head out to harvest and pack?