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Should you feed hay now or wait?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

There are a limited number of days left in our growing season here in Ohio and the opportunity to increase your dry matter as stored feed or stockpiled feed before winter is winding down quickly. The plants your livestock graze the next few weeks will impact those plants’ growth not only now, but possibly next […]

Were you prepared for the dry spell?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Earlier in the year there were several articles in this column addressing planning ahead for the possibility of drought. In April, Mark Sulc warned us to “Plan now for the summer slump,” which is the time of slower growth we experience every summer. In his article he addressed the importance of not overgrazing your pastures, […]

Fall is a critical time period for cool season perennial forages

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fall is one of the most crucial time periods for our cool season pastures. The most important activity a livestock producer should be doing to help the pastures survive winter and remain productive next year is to avoid overgrazing. Why is fall a critical time for our cool season perennial forages? The grass plants in […]

Can turnips really save the day?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

By Chris Penrose Now that we have up most of our hay for the year, we can start to determine if there will be enough stored feed for the winter. Many farmers I have talked with have had significant reductions in yields this year leaving hay in short supply. In addition, many areas have been […]

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. […]

Planning ahead keeps grazing going strong

Thursday, June 25, 2009

When grass is green and abundant, our world as it relates to pasture management is serene. Perfect all the times, wouldn’t it be nice if life could always be that way? Unfortunately, we will experience drought, excessive mud, severe winters, excessive forage growth, summer slumps, livestock sickness and livestock death. The truly successful grazers have […]

Managing tall fescue in pastures

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Many pastures in Ohio contain tall fescue as one of the cool-season plants which make up our pasture’s mix. Tall fescue is a persistent perennial bunchgrass that adapts to a wide range of conditions. It is tolerant of low pH, poor soil drainage and can endure drought situations well. Tall fescue adapts to most Ohio […]

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 […]

Ohio Pasture Measurement Project lets you watch growth from week to week

Thursday, May 14, 2009

How are your pastures growing? If you are like most you would reply in terms like fast or rapid. It is the month of May and pastures should be right in the middle of the ‘spring flush.’ ‘Spring flush’ is the term to describe the rapid growth of our cool season forages during April, May […]

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 […]


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