Stories by Clif Little

Consider that pipeline’s impact to your pasture and hay fields

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Consider all the effects of pipelines, including to your forage crops.

Pastures and pipelines: Projects are not as simple as you think

Monday, August 11, 2014

The scope of a pipeline company’s activities may impact your farm operation for a long time to come. Don’t rush anything, and get it in writing! Tips for landowners.

All About Grazing: Hay harvesting tips for a better crop

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cutting excess pasture for hay is one tool to handle the rapid spring growth. However, getting hay dry in May and early June can be difficult.Drying time is impacted by forage species, environmental conditions, cut height, conditioning and swath width. Getting hay up quickly in the spring may help in reducing rain damage. Rain causes […]

Some easy tips may help reduce hay losses from round bales

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Large round bales are the most popular source of hay when winter feeding beef cattle. Unfortunately, these bales are subject to a variety of losses, including feeding loss. Bale feeder design Research published in the Journal of Animal Science has shown feeding losses can be influenced by bale feeder design. The feeders investigated in this […]

Buy hay by weight, not by bales

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Recently, a local hay producer asked what hay was worth. Of course, each forage producer will have a different cost of production. After he told me his price, I asked the weight of his bales. He was not exactly sure, but guessed 1000 pounds. He went on to say most hay is bought and sold […]

Put lime at the top of your soil pH list

Thursday, June 7, 2012

When it comes to fertility, among the most important factors influencing plant growth and stand life is soil pH. Maintaining proper soil pH levels is critical to legume growth in pastures, soil microbial activity and micronutrient availability. Measuring pH Soil pH identifies the active acidity, or alkalinity, of a soil solution. The pH measurement is […]

Frost seeding for pasture improvement

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Frost seeding of legumes in February and early March can be used to improve pasture, hay quality and yield. The freezing and thawing of late winter and early spring can provide for good legume seed/soil contact and germination.

Grazing school survey respondents tout the benefits of rotational grazing

Thursday, November 3, 2011

For many years, OSU Extension has been conducting one- to five-day grazing schools throughout Ohio. In many cases OSU Extension, USDA/NRCS and local SWCD offices cooperate in these programs. Recently, evaluation data was collected from participants who have attended a Pasture for Profit grazing school. We sent a mail survey to participants who had attended […]

Hay delays this spring cause forage quality concerns for producers

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Frequent rain has delayed first cutting hay harvest this spring. Unfortunately, delayed hay harvest has a direct negative impact on the value of forages. So how did the forage change?

Graziers should act like people in any profession to succeed

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The start of the growing season is a good time to reflect on the characteristics of successful graziers.


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About Clif

The author is an Ohio State University Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator in Guernsey County.