Cropping & Water Systems

 

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Cropping & Water Systems

A new online tool from Nebraska Extension aims to connect farmers and cattle producers to encourage mutually beneficial agreements to use crop residue for grazing. The Crop Residue Exchange tool provides a searchable database of cropland available for grazing. 

A few weeks ago, I discouraged cutting alfalfa while it was winterizing because of potential winter injury.  Things have changed since then.

By mid-October the growing season is pretty much complete.  Many folks received some late season rain and some areas have had light frosts that left alfalfa plants mostly unaffected.  So, you might have a substantial, high quality alfalfa crop remaining in your field.

How will you know how much protein and energy your cows will get when you start feeding your hay and silage?  Or how much supplement to feed?  Find out by following instructions for sampling and testing.

Correct sampling techniques, followed by lab tests of forage quality, are necessary for cattle producers who want to get the most value from their forages and profit from their animals.

When is getting docked by your grain elevator for selling soybeans over 13% moisture not a bad thing?

When it means your net income actually improves over what it would have been if you'd sold your soybeans at a lower moisture level, for example 9%, to avoid a dockage.

For more information http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/plan-harvest-deliver-soybean-optimum-moisture

Here are the past Cropping and Water System Articles.