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While we may be a ways off yet, greening spring pastures and growing cover crops are great opportunities for livestock to graze and reduce the need for fed forage.  This fresh growth also allows animals to start putting back on condition that may have been dropped over the winter months.  However, this is also the perfect set of conditions for a case of grass tetany.


By: Kelly Feehan, Extension Educator

Release: Week of March 27, 2023

As temperatures warm in spring, plants covered with mulch for winter should be checked for new growth. If there is none, leave mulch in place as long as possible. It is important not to remove winter mulch too early or to cut the tops of herbaceous perennials off too soon.

While winter mulch and perennial tops provide some protection against cold temperatures, other key benefits they provide are protecting plant tissues from winter drying and slowing spring growth. 

Knox County Private Pesticide Applicator Training Locations:

January 12, 2023 in Verdigre
February 16, 2023 in Creighton

Producers in northeast Nebraska will have an opportunity to learn from cropping issues that impacted the area during the 2022 growing season. The Confronting Cropping Challenges program will help producers make decisions for the 2023 growing season and they can renew their private pesticide applicator license. This is the sixth year for the Confronting Cropping Challenges program, and responses from previous years have been very positive. This year, the program will be offered in five locations across northeast Nebraska in December. The program will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.

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