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Fields decimated by ravenous insects might bring to mind images of biblical plagues of locusts, but across eastern Nebraska, another pest is leaving a similar trail of destruction; the fall armyworm.

Fall armyworms, (Spodoptera frugiperda) are a species from the southern U.S. that does not overwinter in Nebraska.  Bob Wright-Nebraska Extension Entomologist, Nathan Mueller- Nebraska Extension Crops Educator, and Melissa Bartels-Nebraska Extension Crops Educator share that; as populations build up during the summer, moths fly north often reaching the Midwest later in the summer or early fall — hence their common name.

Corn residue can be a valuable grazing resource for cattle.  This year especially with a fairly dry fall and start to winter, stalks have maintained quality and been available for grazing for quite some time.  Typically, corn residue can run around 5-6% Crude Protein (CP) and 50-60% total digestible nutrients (TDN) which is a measure of energy.  For some classes of livestock this may be enough to get by without supplementation, but for others, some extra feed is required.

Making, transporting, and feeding hay is a large investment in time, equipment, and money. How can you reduce loss of hay during feeding to make that investment go further?

There are many ways to feed hay, with each method impacting waste differently. If hay is fed unrestricted, cattle can waste 45 percent of the hay they are provided. Limit feeding hay so only what is required is fed, will significantly reduce waste right away. Studies show that cattle fed daily versus feed every four days, needed 25% less hay. That’s a huge amount, but labor and equipment cost slightly increased.



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2022 Dry Edible Bean Day set for Feb. 8 at Gering Civic Center, with Zoom option

January 26, 2022
The 2022 Nebraska Dry Bean Edible Bean Day will feature the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association's annual meeting, as well as information on dry bean revenue insurance, irrigation water outlook, and discussion of on-farm research with University of Nebraska-Lincoln specialists.

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February programs to discuss supplementation strategies to mitigate nutrient challenging breeding seasons and grazing systems

January 25, 2022
Four face-to-face programs across the Panhandle on Feb. 16 and 17 hosted by Nebraska Extension will focus on management practices to improve pregnancy rates in late-spring-calving cows, and review the impacts of grazing systems on Nebraska’s plant communities and rangeland productivity.

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Chemigation certification training set in Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance

January 24, 2022
Nebraska Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions in February, March and April across the state, including Alliance, Sidney, Bridgeport, and Scottsbluff. Training and testing will also be available online.

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Nebraska Extension offers Land Application Training Feb. 9 in Bridgeport, also other Nebraska sites

January 24, 2022
Applying manure management concepts on-farm will be the focus on eight Nebraska Extension Land Application Workshops across the state in February and March, including one in Bridgeport on Feb. 9.

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