Stories by Patty Dyer

About Patty

The author is an area grassland conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, located in the Licking County field office in Newark, Ohio; 740-670-5236.

Summer grazing is in full swing (but it’s not too early to think winter)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Wow, have you been watching the grass grow? Once we got some rain and a few warmer days, it seems that the forage plants began racing to see which ones could get the tallest and head out first. Yes, I said head out. Almost every pasture field and hay field I have visited in the […]

Your pastures took a beating last year, do they need some work now?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

And ask neighbors not to throw clippings from shrubs over the fence. They could be poisonous. As the last blasts of winter are covering our farms, it is time to make plans for spring grazing. Many of our fields took a beating last summer and this winter as the lack of rainfall reduced forage cover. […]

A four-letter word to embrace: Plan

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Change, no matter how uncomfortable, sometimes causes us to look at our operation and discover that there are more ways to do things than we believed possible.

All About Grazing: Preparing for fall and winter forage use

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The wet spring and early summer weather has led to many questions regarding hay quality and the factors beef producers should consider when planning their cow wintering programs.

Spring grazing in 2011 proves to be challenging for producers in region

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Grazing management has certainly been an interesting challenge this year. Who would have dreamed during last year’s dry weather that nearly everyone reading this article would see record-breaking or near record-breaking rainfall in April this year? Avoid destruction Many operators have found that by rotating faster than usual that they have been able to utilize […]

Take stock of your fields What forage do you have available?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

With summer grazing giving way for fall and winter management over the next few weeks, it is time to take inventory of the forage available for your livestock. Along with the forage, the ability to access clean water is more important than usual this year. Available forage includes the grasses and legumes currently in your […]

Consider your grazing management

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I have written in the past about dealing with forage quality when it is raining every day and when we have been short on rain for extended periods of time. It seems like this year many of us are falling in the “raining every day since hay season started” end of the spectrum. Quality vs. […]

Spring management critical in renovating damaged pastures

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Local pastures have been repeatedly stressed over the past few years. The forage plants have struggled to survive the extremely dry weather a couple of summers ago, to extremely wet seasons, including flooding in some areas, to below normal temperatures for an extended period of time this past winter. Let us also not forget the […]

Keep pasture management farm records

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Another new year has arrived with the usual mix of interesting weather for livestock producers. As we begin our attempt to keep those New Year’s resolutions, we are constantly faced with challenges and temptations. I would like to suggest at least one resolution that you attempt to keep this year. That resolution is keeping better […]

Conservation program opportunities available for grazing operations

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The 2008 farm bill provides many opportunities for grazing operations interested in improving their grassland and natural resources. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) has both the traditional program options as well as new initiatives mandated in the 2008 farm bill. EQIP One opportunity for farmers interested in assistance with developing or improving their grazing […]

It’s time to evaluate your pastures

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

There is no time like the present to evaluate your pasture fields for damage from over grazing and weather related stress. While you are trying to warm up after feeding your livestock and checking on their water, it is a good time to evaluate your recent management successes and challenges. After dealing with a drier […]

Review resources available for livestock

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

As the lazy, hazy days of summer have been replaced by Jack Frost and thoughts of sugar plums dancing in our heads, our farm chores are also changing. Pasture growth has slowed down and may be stopped for all practical purposes, however our livestock still have daily needs to be met. Our efforts in managing […]

Game of farming: Decisions, decisions

Thursday, August 21, 2008

If you don’t make the management decisions for your farm, who will?

Gripe, then adjust grazing tactics

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Everyone seems to like to talk about the weather and farmers probably lead the pack in a lot of those discussions. It is either too dry like last summer, or too wet like this winter, or too cold to get the plants growing, or too hot to have the livestock out in the fields. In […]

To fertilize or not? Penny-pinching may lead to trouble

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Spring is just around the corner and the time to get serious about pasture and hayland planting or reseeding is here. With memories of last summer’s drought and the consequences that resulted from less available forage than normal fresh on our minds, the time to take action to increase this year’s forage production is now. […]

Got strategy? Plan grazing now for fall

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Grazing expert Pat Dyer says it’s time to get serious about management for the rest of the year.

Grazing requires management plan

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Spring is one of the most difficult times of the year to properly manage forages. Read more in this week’s “All About Grazing” column.

Planning your winter feeding strategy

Thursday, November 20, 2003

This week’s All About Grazing column: Looking ahead could pay bigger dividends than anything else you do in preparing for winter.

Summer grazing: What do we do now?

Thursday, July 3, 2003

The question is what do we do with the overmature pasture and hay we have to contend with now and as our winter feed supply?

Getting ready for spring grazing

Thursday, March 6, 2003

Developing and managing what you have is often more cost effective than trying to completely renovate a pasture or grazing system.

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