It’s hard to believe we’ve nearly reached the end of November! The leaves are falling, grain harvest is nearing completion, and it’s time to give some consideration to your pastures as we head into the cold winter months. Pastures provide an excellent source of feed for livestock and they must be managed for optimum quality […]
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. […]
Are you using all the tools in your toolbox? As this is my first time writing an article for All About Grazing. I wasn’t sure what to write about. I looked back over all the articles that everyone else had written and realized that about every topic I considered writing about had already been covered. […]
This fall is the time to make the agronomic decisions needed for a successful grazing season next year.
Stockpiled fescue is forage allowed to grow and accumulate for future use, often during a forage deficit. It is common practice to harvest and store stockpiled-fescue as hay or silage, but the purposeful stockpiling of forage for grazing at a later time is a new concept for many livestock producers. Nearly any grass or legume […]
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 […]
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 […]
The amount of proper Management is what determines how successful forage production will be in a grazing system.
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 […]
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 […]