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Are your fields tired? Give them a rest

Thursday, August 8, 2013

How are your hay and pasture fields doing this summer? There has been so much rain in many areas this year that some may be just finishing up first cutting hay. I have talked with many farmers this summer that have mentioned their hay yields are down and pastures have not been as productive as […]

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 […]

Intensive grazing takes management with a capital M

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The amount of proper Management is what determines how successful forage production will be in a grazing system.

All About Grazing: Hay harvesting tips for a better crop

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cutting excess pasture for hay is one tool to handle the rapid spring growth. However, getting hay dry in May and early June can be difficult.Drying time is impacted by forage species, environmental conditions, cut height, conditioning and swath width. Getting hay up quickly in the spring may help in reducing rain damage. Rain causes […]

Bad news: Yes, it’s been a cold spring; good news: possibly less frost risk

Thursday, April 4, 2013

I’ve been hearing many complaints about the weather. We all know to expect variable weather in early spring, so I decided to look up so data to see if these complaints hold water. During March 2013, in central Ohio, the average air temperature was 35.2 degrees, which was 5 degrees below the historical average of […]

Get back to the basics of grazing

Thursday, March 21, 2013

If you have livestock that graze pastures or you are looking to start grazing livestock, you may have read this column over the past several years and asked yourself, “How can I improve my pasture management?” With spring now here, I thought this would be a good time to review the five basic principles of […]

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. […]

Is mud costing your farm money?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Winter always seems to create unique challenges with livestock. From keeping ice off the water troughs to providing feed with enough nutrients to maintain the animal’s needs, each year seems to be different. On the other hand, one thing that seems to occur every year is a time period dealing with mud. Late winter is […]

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?

Your forage yield won’t improve if you don’t do anything differently

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Are you getting adequate forage production from your pastures and hay fields? Are you getting maximum weight gains from your livestock with the forage species you have in your paddocks? Do you have paddocks or fields that you think need renovated? How much forage should my paddocks and hay fields be producing per year? Can […]

Some easy tips may help reduce hay losses from round bales

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Large round bales are the most popular source of hay when winter feeding beef cattle. Unfortunately, these bales are subject to a variety of losses, including feeding loss. Bale feeder design Research published in the Journal of Animal Science has shown feeding losses can be influenced by bale feeder design. The feeders investigated in this […]

All About Grazing: Developing a grazing system could change your life

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Well, it has been just over a year ago that I retired from my job as Ohio NRCS state grassland conservationist, but I am still staying involved with grazing and forage activities. Of the different things, I had the pleasure to be involved with, I believe the development and delivery of the Ohio Grazing School […]

Time to wind down 2012 and start planning for grazing pastures in 2013

Thursday, November 29, 2012

As we wind down the 2012 year, it is time to assess what worked for us and what we can improve on for next year. The drought really put many of us in a bind this year, but what can we do to minimize problems for next year if we continue to have weather extremes? […]

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 […]

Check your fall pasture to-do list

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It seems there are never enough days in the fall of the year to accomplish all the things I want/need to do. Daylight hours shorten quickly and before I know it, it’s dark before 6 p.m. Weekend hours also seem to vanish because I’m trying to finish projects around the house that I put off, […]

Buy hay by weight, not by bales

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Recently, a local hay producer asked what hay was worth. Of course, each forage producer will have a different cost of production. After he told me his price, I asked the weight of his bales. He was not exactly sure, but guessed 1000 pounds. He went on to say most hay is bought and sold […]

Evaluating pasture measurement results after the 2012 drought

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I have been measuring my weekly pasture growth for the past seven years. My initial goal was to grow as much forage as economically as possible. Dry matter target I targeted 5.5 tons of dry matter per acre, per year. I utilized the county soil survey report and the Ohio Agronomy Guide as my guide […]

The drought could be worse; we still have options

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I went to southern Illinois last week to do some programs and I was taken aback by the severity of the drought in that region. Corn and pasture fields were not only dead, they were very dead. Many areas of corn fields were not that golden brown like you may see when harvest takes place, […]

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 […]

Weeds: Measure twice, spray once

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It seems the time right after making first cutting hay is always a time for me to address some of those unwanted weed issues — not in the hay fields, but in the fence rows, around buildings and in pastures.

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