Stories by Mark Landefeld

Is your livestock’s water reducing profit?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Limiting water intake reduces animal performance quicker and more drastically than any other nutrient deficiency.

Even though it’s winter, there’s still plenty of pasture work to be done

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

With the colder temperatures and calving season upon us, the nutrient requirement for momma cows is soon to be at its peak demand.

Intensive grazing takes management with a capital M

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The amount of proper Management is what determines how successful forage production will be in a grazing system.

Is mud costing your farm money?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Winter always seems to create unique challenges with livestock. From keeping ice off the water troughs to providing feed with enough nutrients to maintain the animal’s needs, each year seems to be different. On the other hand, one thing that seems to occur every year is a time period dealing with mud. Late winter is […]

Your forage yield won’t improve if you don’t do anything differently

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Are you getting adequate forage production from your pastures and hay fields? Are you getting maximum weight gains from your livestock with the forage species you have in your paddocks? Do you have paddocks or fields that you think need renovated? How much forage should my paddocks and hay fields be producing per year? Can […]

Check your fall pasture to-do list

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It seems there are never enough days in the fall of the year to accomplish all the things I want/need to do. Daylight hours shorten quickly and before I know it, it’s dark before 6 p.m. Weekend hours also seem to vanish because I’m trying to finish projects around the house that I put off, […]

Weeds: Measure twice, spray once

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It seems the time right after making first cutting hay is always a time for me to address some of those unwanted weed issues — not in the hay fields, but in the fence rows, around buildings and in pastures.

Managing weeds in pastures isn’t the same as managing weeds in cropfields

Thursday, February 23, 2012

More than 95 percent of weeds can be controlled through good management practices.

Even late in season, you can get more forage from fields

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Livestock graziers, now is a good time to finish what is left in your hay fields and then utilize forage in stockpiled areas.

It takes nutrients to grow forage

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Proper soil nutrients are required for forage plants to maximize growth. Data indicates our forage plants use 20+ elements to live and grow. All are equally important for growth, but vary greatly in amounts needed. Of these, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are usually required in the largest amounts followed by calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. These […]

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About Mark

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