The high cost of fuel and animal feed make it more important than ever to get all you can out of your pasture. How do you start to improve your pasture? Take a pasture assessment — what species of grass and legumes are growing? What we currently have growing in our pastures matches our soil […]
Salt is an item commonly used in livestock feed rations and because it’s used so regularly, it is easy to forget the importance of it in the diet. Salt is the best source of both sodium and chloride, which all farm animals need. Important nutrients Sodium constitutes a very high percentage of the basic mineral […]
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 […]
Many producers are looking for ways to improve their pasture yields. The good news is that there are several things that can be done. You can improve pasture fertility. You could plant improved forage varieties. You can manage the grazing of a pasture by removing the livestock before the grazed plants regrow. When you remove […]
It was a rough winter for many hay fields in northern Ohio. Considering the stressful conditions last year, followed by a cold and wet winter, it is not surprising that many forage stands took a beating this winter. Alfalfa fields seem to be the hardest hit. The 2007 Easter freeze followed by very dry conditions […]
The high cost of fertilizers has led some graziers to conclude that they can no longer afford to fertilize their pastures. Forage has now become an expensive feed. With hay prices expected to remain high in the foreseeable future, forage produced in a pasture situation becomes more valuable, as well. The question might well be: […]
Fertilizer prices are extremely high at this time. How do we economically stimulate pasture growth throughout the growing season? In general, nitrogen has the greatest potential to influence pasture production, or dry matter production. The economics of nitrogen application can be influenced by many factors, such as legume content, temperature, soil moisture content, grass species, […]
If you’re like me, it doesn’t take you long to count the number of hay bales you have remaining for this year’s winter feed.
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. […]
If you have not yet adopted management intensive grazing, you should now. At the end of 2007, I figured I would be spending my winter talking about how to evaluate and renovate pastures after the drought. Boy, was I wrong.