Stories by Chris Penrose

About Chris

Chris Penrose is an OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Development in Morgan County.

Calendar says it’s spring: Ready for grazing season?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The key to successful grazing is trying to predict what is down the road so we can be prepared for it.

Sorghum-sudangrass a summer alternative for feed and fuel

Thursday, January 2, 2014

By CHRIS PENROSE and CLIF LITTLE Sorghum-sudangrass hybrids are warm season annual forages that look like sudangrass in growth but are generally taller, with larger stems and leaves. They are bred for productivity, high yielding and can grow to 15 feet without lodging. Sorghum-sudangrass can be grazed, green chopped, baled for hay, silage, haylage, cover […]

Are your fields tired? Give them a rest

Thursday, August 8, 2013

How are your hay and pasture fields doing this summer? There has been so much rain in many areas this year that some may be just finishing up first cutting hay. I have talked with many farmers this summer that have mentioned their hay yields are down and pastures have not been as productive as […]

Get back to the basics of grazing

Thursday, March 21, 2013

If you have livestock that graze pastures or you are looking to start grazing livestock, you may have read this column over the past several years and asked yourself, “How can I improve my pasture management?” With spring now here, I thought this would be a good time to review the five basic principles of […]

Time to wind down 2012 and start planning for grazing pastures in 2013

Thursday, November 29, 2012

As we wind down the 2012 year, it is time to assess what worked for us and what we can improve on for next year. The drought really put many of us in a bind this year, but what can we do to minimize problems for next year if we continue to have weather extremes? […]

The drought could be worse; we still have options

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I went to southern Illinois last week to do some programs and I was taken aback by the severity of the drought in that region. Corn and pasture fields were not only dead, they were very dead. Many areas of corn fields were not that golden brown like you may see when harvest takes place, […]

Livestock grazing from winter to summer to spring

Friday, April 20, 2012

Winter I try to start grazing as early as possible in March. When the snow melts, I will try to feed stockpiled fescue which also provides a clean field for the cows to have calves. This year, when we moved cows to start grazing March 3, grass had already started to grow and some fescue […]

Information for selecting forages for reseeding hay fields and pastures

Thursday, January 12, 2012

This is the time of year to evaluate your hay and pasture fields to determine if they need to be reseeded. First and foremost, you need to make sure the pH and fertility is adequate for the forages you want to plant. If it is not, the new seeding could germinate then die or never produce to its potential.

All About Grazing: Now is a great time to manage fescue

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Infected fescue is insect, disease and drought resistant. It is also a nitrogen scavenger. This gives it an advantage over other forages, especially on poor soils.

Don’t fret if your hay supply isn’t the best, some tips on supplementing it

Thursday, July 7, 2011

here are several ways to supplement and extend the existing hay for the winter season.

Avoid undesirable plants and improve forages with pasture management

Thursday, March 24, 2011

We are at my favorite time of the year. Grass is starting to grow. Depending how far south you live, some have already started to graze pastures. On my farm, the spring calving cows have been on stockpiled fescue for about three weeks on high ground, avoiding most of the mud, but this weekend I […]

December is a good time to plan

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The month of December is a great time to plan. We have the opportunity to make changes to the 2010 year and plan for 2011. When I think of 2010, two things come to mind for me. First, what worked and what went wrong? Next, is there anything that can be done to improve the […]

Fescue beneficial with management

Thursday, August 26, 2010

As a little boy on our farm in Morgan County, I could identify orchardgrass, bromegrass, alfalfa and clover, but never heard of fescue. Then fescue moved in. I’m sure it was a combination of things. It was probably the spreading of fescue from reclamation projects and the fertility of the farm going down when it […]

Graziers, set the stage now for rest of the grazing season

Thursday, May 20, 2010

We are at a stage now where we can affect grazing for the season. Right now, our fields are finishing up their “reproductive” stage of growth as our grasses are setting seed heads and our legumes are blooming. After they set seed, perennial plants transition from the reproductive stage to the vegetative stage. Up to […]

The time to plant may be now

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The time to plant may be now. With weather like we are having, you may think this is a crazy statement, but it is time to sow seed in our pasture and hay fields. Frost seeding There is a method called “frost seeding” where you apply seed to the ground and the freezing and thawing […]

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