Stories by Mark Sulc

Supplemental forage cover crops can add grazing or haying options in fall

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pasture growth has been tremendous so far this year, but late summer heat and dry spells can change conditions quickly.

Grazing can improve milk quality

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Grazing cows produce milk with more favorable characteristics from a human health perspective than do cows on silage or high concentrate diets. That is the message that Dr. Anjo Elgersma shared with a group of dairy producers from the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council and in Wisconsin in late October last year.

Make hay when sun shines, but take steps in case weather won’t cooperate

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

How can farmers deal with making hay and getting it dry between rains? This is a challenge at times, but there are some proven techniques to speed drying that can help shorten the window between cutting and storing the forage.

Improve pasture quality (and milk) with legumes

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dairy cows fed high-quality forage produce more milk with less supplementation than cows fed lower-quality forage.

Plan now for the summer slump

Thursday, April 30, 2009

What are you going to do this summer when growth in your cool-season pastures slows down? What will you do if they stop growing altogether sometime this summer? You must be thinking, “Aw come on man, why are you asking me that when spring has barely gotten into gear?” The answer is simply that a […]

Purchasing seed for new pastures

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The days are getting longer, which means spring is just around the corner! Having grown up in a warmer climate than Ohio, I like to remind myself spring will come as we head into the coldest months of the winter. Reminding myself of spring also motivates me to prepare for its arrival. Some tasks need […]

A few, not all, forages can be toxic after frost

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fall is in the air and Jack Frost will certainly arrive soon. Each year after the first hard frost, I usually answer phone calls from forage producers who are very concerned about the dangers of feeding frosted forages. A very few, but certainly not all, of our forages can be extremely toxic soon after a […]

Late summer a good time to think about pastures and hay crops

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Late summer can be an excellent time to establish new forage stands. It is also a good time to seed in bare or thin spots in stands established this spring. While we can’t control the weather, there are several things we can control that will improve the chances for successful forage stand establishment. First, apply […]

Evaluate and manage hay field injuries

Thursday, May 1, 2008

It was a rough winter for many hay fields in northern Ohio. Considering the stressful conditions last year, followed by a cold and wet winter, it is not surprising that many forage stands took a beating this winter. Alfalfa fields seem to be the hardest hit. The 2007 Easter freeze followed by very dry conditions […]

Web sites put ’06 forage data at your fingertips

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The 2006 Ohio Forage Performance Trial Report will be available very soon at Extension offices, but is available now on the Internet.

Thinking ahead to grazing season issues

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Our January weather here in Ohio has been quite pleasant compared with the cold December we experienced.

Learning from innovative grazing systems in southern Brazil

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Brazilian agriculture dramatically changed in the past 20 years.
We know of the rapid increase in Brazilian soybean production.

Fertilize spring pastures with nitrogen

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Do your pastures need nitrogen fertilizer? Learn more about the best times to apply.

Grazing … on corn silage stubble?

Thursday, December 4, 2003

Twenty-three acres of forage will provide grazing for at least 50 days for the 24 dairy heifers at Ohio State’s Waterman Dairy Farm.

All about grazing between grain crops

Thursday, June 12, 2003

There are many benefits to combining pasture-based livestock production and cash grain production on the same farm.

Planting the right forage this spring

Thursday, February 6, 2003

Deciding on which species of new forage seedings to plant this spring can be difficult because it is influenced by many factors.

Rain creates pasture challenges

Thursday, May 30, 2002

Five steps to promote quality pasture during the summer.

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About Mark

The author is an associate professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at Ohio State University.