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Using cover crops for grazing purposes

March 13, 2019

Welcome to Crop Talk, this is Dr. Megan Taylor your local friendly agronomist with Nebraska Extension serving Platte, Boone, and Nance Counties. February was a busy month, full of pesticide, chemigation and agronomy trainings throughout the state of Nebraska.

I have been very lucky to meet several farmers who have read my articles and it is always good to put a name to a face. During the past weeks we have had bitter cold conditions throughout the counties. If the weather has you stuck inside, then consider doing your dicamba training online. Dicamba has moved to an annual training. If you are unable to attend an in-person dicamba training, I highly recommend going online and watching the 50-minute training video that is available. Follow this link, https://pested.unl.edu/dicamba-training-instructions, to access the training. All you need is an email address to complete the online training.

This week, I wanted to touch on cover crops used for grazing. Many of us utilize cover crops not only for the soil benefits, but also as a supplemental forage. When we manage these areas we need to be careful of if we are managing them for a cover crop or managing them for forage.

With that in mind, we need to make sure that our previous crops herbicide program does not affect our current usage of the cover crops. Grazing restrictions for some common products can be four to 18 months in some cases, we need to be careful when applying and utilizing our cover crops for forage. If you have any specific product questions contact me or your chemical representative!

For all farmers in the reading area, I need your help! Nebraska extension is looking for producers that are wanting to complete on-farm research projects on their acres. If you have any interest or want to learn more, please give me a call and I can help you get it set up. There are several easy-to-use protocols available, and depending on the question you are trying to answer, a personalized protocol can be set up. Past participants in the on-farm research program have valued the knowledge learned at $11-$15 an acre.

If you have any questions about any of the trainings or other agronomy questions, please feel free to call me at 402-563-4901 or send me an email at mtaylor42@unl.edu.

Megan Taylor is an crop educator serving Platte, Boone, and Nance counties through Nebraska Extension.