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If you’re like me, it doesn’t take you long to count the number of hay bales you have remaining for this year’s winter feed.
The time of the year when frost seeding is most effective in Ohio will not be here until February or March.
The drought that hit much of the state this summer added new wrinkles in forage and water management for many livestock producers.
Storing hay, after production, has a cost to the farm operator in terms of time, effort and machinery required to move bales from production areas to storage areas and then to feeding areas.
Nitrogen is generally the most limiting nutrient for plant growth and it is also one of the most expensive nutrients when purchased as a commercial fertilizer.
Now is a time of year many cow-calf operators enjoy because the season’s calf crop has been sold, all the hay has been made, most of the equipment is put away and there is a little extra money in the bank.
Where are your livestock now? You are probably wondering what kind of question is that. Of course, we hope they’re still in the field we put them into last.
Applying fertilizers to hay and pasture fields to stimulate plant growth will generally increase yields substantially.
Undoubtedly, winter feeding practices of livestock varies from farm to farm as much or more than any other feeding period the entire year.
August is the time Ohio producers should begin stockpiling feed for their animals winter needs. Stockpiling means to accumulate forages that will be harvested by grazing livestock at a later time.
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