Stories by Rory Lewandowski

Annuals offer perennial advantange

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall is a critical season for the perennial pasture plant.

Pasture renovation is just around the corner

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The snow and cold remain, but that will soon change.

Grazing corn residue has nutrition and benefits for pastures in the fall

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Corn harvest continues across the state and for every bushel harvested there is between 14 to 16 pounds of corn residue dry matter left in the field. Graziers need to view that residue as a resource opportunity. In recent years, between 3.3 to 3.6 million acres of corn have been harvested for grain in Ohio. […]

Plan to add value to your pasture

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pasture is a valuable forage resource. Like any resource, it responds to management. What is your plan to add value to your pasture in 2013?

Improving forage: Lessons to learn

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It looks like the drought of 2012 is in the record books. Rainfall is back and we actually have seen pastures and hayfields recover and produce some fall growth, while annual crops like oats, cereal rye, field peas and brassicas planted in a timely manner have also grown well. So, life is good and no […]

Hot and dry? Stick to what you know about pasture management

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Every Monday for the past couple of months on the OSU Extension crop team conference call I have heard Jim Noel from the National Weather Service say that across Ohio we are in a pattern of above average temperatures and below average rainfall. These are not encouraging words for a grazier to hear. This isn’t […]

Grazing season goals key to success

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Some graziers have already begun the grazing season thanks to the above average winter temperatures we experienced. Other graziers are right there at the starting line, anticipating the spring growth of pastures. The start of the grazing season provides an opportunity to take some time to set some grazing management goals for the year. In […]

All About Grazing: Winter weather nutrition for livestock

Thursday, December 15, 2011

For the grazier, winter means dealing with cold temperatures, wind chill, freezing rain and mud. These weather conditions can negatively impact livestock performance and increase the energy requirement of the animal.

All About Grazing: Be aware of prussic acid and potential damage this fall

Thursday, September 8, 2011

After our county fair in August, Athens County hosted the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council Beef Grazing Tour. One of the discussions during the tour centered on some patches of johnsongrass in a stockpiled field of fescue.

Tips to keep in mind for small ruminant pasture management

Thursday, June 2, 2011

How many goats can I stock per acre of pasture? I’ve increased my pasture rotation to 30 days, how much will this reduce the parasite problem with my sheep? These are a couple of questions that I have been asked recently and each can be used to illustrate some basic differences in pasture management with […]

Pasture planning is key to profitability

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The most effective use of pastures does not just happen. Foresight and planning are necessary. At the end of January, I taught a session about evaluating hay quality and use of hay in beef cattle rations at a Hocking County beef school. Farmers had submitted samples of their hay, mostly first cutting, for lab quality […]

Winter management is key to protecting sod base paddocks

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Livestock grazing management strategies can be used to protect those good sod base paddocks.

Winter management strategies are key to protecting sod base paddocks

Thursday, November 18, 2010

In our Pasture For Profit grazing schools we talk about pasture management in terms of keeping pasture plants actively growing and matching livestock nutrient needs to plant growth stage. But now its winter and the plants aren’t growing, so what does winter pasture management entail? I want graziers to think about winter pasture management in […]

The grazier’s report card; when D’s are good

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What kind of grades would you get for managing your grazing system if there were report cards for graziers? Would you be satisfied with “D’s”? At a recent Athens Area grazing council meeting, host Curt Cline talked about a grazier’s report card. According to Curt, D’s are what graziers should strive for in grading their […]

Lessons from down under

Monday, May 3, 2010

>I had an opportunity to travel with the Ohio State University Extension sheep team to Australia March 24 –April 9. Our group of 17 consisted of sheep farmers, extension educators, and extension specialists. Australia visit. We had the opportunity to visit a number of sheep farms, a few dairy farms, a couple of vineyards and […]

Soil quality and pasture management

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A small farm livestock owner recently asked me about the benefit of pasture aeration and the application of fertilizer and lime. To answer the question, I had to do some review of studies that investigated pasture aeration and fertilization. That started me thinking about soil quality, pasture condition and the effect that pasture management might […]

Utilizing warm season forages

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The hot dry weather that typically accompanies the months of July and August reduces the growth and production of cool season pasture grasses. It can be a challenging time to balance forage supplies, pasture health and livestock numbers. One option that some graziers use to fill in this summer slump period is warm season forages. […]

Strategies to begin the grazing season

Thursday, April 2, 2009

In the last “About Grazing” column, Chris Penrose wrote about some early season grazing management. In this column, I want to continue that theme and examine the strategies of set stocking vs. rotation to begin the grazing season. There is a saying that goes “Well begun is half done.” It implies that how a project […]

Winter pasture management can also be mud management

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Let me paint you a winter pasture management picture. Here sits our grazier, indoors next to a cozy wood stove fire while the farm’s livestock graze contentedly on stockpiled forages and… what? Oh yeah, that’s right, once again we had a dry fall period and instead of being able to stockpile forage growth, we actually […]

Fall: It’s not the end of the grazing season, it’s the beginning

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October signals the coming end to our pasture-growing season. In some cases the growing season equals the grazing season. When pasture growth ends, so does the grazing. However, for those graziers who have managed their pastures and watched over pasture health, the grazing season extends beyond the growing season.

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Rory Lewandowski is an Ohio State University Extension educator at Wayne County Extension.