Stories by Patty Dyer

Remember to educate yourself, and your friends, about farming

Thursday, January 8, 2015

As producers, we have many opportunities to share and educate.

Can we graze stream corridors without damaging the environment?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

There has been much discussion over the past several years about whether livestock should be completely excluded from grazing along stream banks, partially excluded, or whether it makes a difference in the water quality.

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 […]

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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.