Stories by Clif Little

About Clif

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

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.

How to reduce winter livestock feed costs

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Extending the grazing season, maximizing forage utilization and reducing the need for winter hay feeding can improve farm profitability of any ruminant animal production system.

Forage analysis saves farmers money

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Testing the nutrient value of forage is a valuable tool that can be utilized to balance livestock rations. Guessing the nutrient content of a major feed ingredient such as hay or silage can be costly to livestock producers.

Ohio pastures and hay fields threatened by invasive weed

Sunday, August 22, 2010

OLD WASHINGTON, Ohio — Spotted knapweed, a noxious weed, was first detected in Ohio two years ago. The weed seed was most likely purchased in a pasture seed mix, said Clif Little, OSU Extension educator. Since that time this noxious weed has expanded more rapidly than could be imagined, said Little. Heavy infestations of the […]

Plan ahead for winter feeding

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Winter is here, are you ready? The single largest expense of keeping livestock is winter-feeding costs. Livestock owners can reduce and minimize the cost with a little planning. It sounds strange, but feeding low quality hay now might be a good strategy to reduce winter-feed costs. The reason to feed poor quality hay now is […]

Planning ahead keeps grazing going strong

Thursday, June 25, 2009

When grass is green and abundant, our world as it relates to pasture management is serene. Perfect all the times, wouldn’t it be nice if life could always be that way? Unfortunately, we will experience drought, excessive mud, severe winters, excessive forage growth, summer slumps, livestock sickness and livestock death. The truly successful grazers have […]

Plan now for your winter feeding

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Winter is here, are you ready? The single largest expense of keeping livestock is winter feeding costs. Winter feed costs will be expensive this year considering forage and grain prices. Livestock owners can reduce and minimize the cost with a little planning. Reduce costs It sounds strange but feeding low quality hay now might be […]

Rotational grazing just makes sense

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The high cost of fuel and animal feed make it more important than ever to get all you can out of your pasture. How do you start to improve your pasture? Take a pasture assessment — what species of grass and legumes are growing? What we currently have growing in our pastures matches our soil […]

Nitrogen timing saves, creates green

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Fertilizer prices are extremely high at this time. How do we economically stimulate pasture growth throughout the growing season? In general, nitrogen has the greatest potential to influence pasture production, or dry matter production. The economics of nitrogen application can be influenced by many factors, such as legume content, temperature, soil moisture content, grass species, […]

Program helps you establish a plan

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Over the past year, there have been many articles that have discussed practices to improve pasture productivity, and those that have a positive influence on the environment.

Calculate your forage fertilizer needs

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Are you wondering how much to invest in fertilizer this year? We will soon be approaching the period of the forage growing season critical for stockpiling pastures.

Tips ensure frost seeding successes

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Frost seeding of legumes in February and early March can be used to improve pasture quality and yield.

Make your animals a picture of health

Thursday, December 7, 2006

This winter is the most expensive period of livestock production. Cold, wet weather increases the nutrient requirements of farm animals and the grass has stopped growing.

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