Stories by Rory Lewandowski

Poisonous plants: What’s the risk to livestock?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Every year I get questions from livestock owners regarding poisonous plants; either for identification or for information on how to manage around a known poisonous plant.

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.

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About Rory

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