Stories by Clif Little

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.

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About Clif

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