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While Mother Nature has been giving us small tastes of spring, then pulling right back, the reminder that pasture green up is just around the corner shouldn’t be ignored. One of the earliest species we see greening up is cheatgrass (also called Downy brome, Bromus tectorum). This invasive species is found throughout Nebraska but is most prevalent on rangelands in the western portion of the state. Early spring is a good time to begin planning for cheatgrass management.

As temperatures begin to rise and spring moves closer, don’t’ forget to take a bit of time to assess alfalfa stands for winter kill and overall health going into this year’s growing season. Even before plants begin to green up, individual plant assessments can be done.

Nebraska agricultural land values increased by 3% over the last year according to preliminary results from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2020 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey.  Visit to see preliminary results reported in the March Cornhusker Economics Report (pdf).

With many producers utilizing annual forage/cover crops and prevent plant acres, the amount of “non-traditional” forage options on the market have increased this past year. As long as we keep an eye out for potential nitrate issues, sorghum/sudangrass, milo, or small grains like oats, rye, and wheat can all make great forage options as hay or silage. Whether you are looking to buy or sell these products, answering the question, “Is the price right?” can often be a difficult undertaking.
Barta Brothers Ranch near Rose, Nebraska is seeking a research project coordinator/ranch manager to be responsible for overseeing daily ranch operations, facilitating on-site research, and assisting with range management-based programming. View requisition S_200078 at for details and to apply.
Whenever we provide part of our animal’s daily feed, whether spreading hay on the ground or a ration in a bunk, cattle are trusting that we as producers are providing for all their energy and protein needs. We do this by running feed samples through lab analysis to determine nutrient value as a percent of the feedstuff which can then be converted into an amount of the nutrient on a weight basis (i.e. pound of protein per however many pounds of feedstuff).