Over the past year, there have been many articles that have discussed practices to improve pasture productivity, and those that have a positive influence on the environment.
The time of the year when frost seeding is most effective in Ohio will not be here until February or March.
As the leaves start turning and the nights get colder, our usual crops of orchardgrass, ryegrass and alfalfa begin to winterize.
The drought that hit much of the state this summer added new wrinkles in forage and water management for many livestock producers.
Dryness leads to poisonous grazing With dry weather in many parts of the area, the potential for animals to eat toxic plants increases, mostly because they’re hungry and not much forage is available for grazing.
Are you wondering how much to invest in fertilizer this year? We will soon be approaching the period of the forage growing season critical for stockpiling pastures.
Storing hay, after production, has a cost to the farm operator in terms of time, effort and machinery required to move bales from production areas to storage areas and then to feeding areas.
Well, it never fails. We go out there with the perfect plans and plant the perfect pasture. In no time at all, undesirable plants find a way to grow with our crop.
Frost seeding of legumes in February and early March can be used to improve pasture quality and yield.
Nitrogen is generally the most limiting nutrient for plant growth and it is also one of the most expensive nutrients when purchased as a commercial fertilizer.
The 2006 Ohio Forage Performance Trial Report will be available very soon at Extension offices, but is available now on the Internet.
This winter is the most expensive period of livestock production. Cold, wet weather increases the nutrient requirements of farm animals and the grass has stopped growing.
Now is a time of year many cow-calf operators enjoy because the season’s calf crop has been sold, all the hay has been made, most of the equipment is put away and there is a little extra money in the bank.
With many harvested small grain fields that weren’t double cropped to soybeans now sitting idle, cattlemen still have an excellent opportunity to create high quality forages that may be grazed well into winter, and even next spring.
The month of August offers a window of great opportunities to get a jump on pasture planning and development.
Stockpiling fescue and orchardgrass is generally considered an economical way to extend the grazing season and cut feed costs.
Where are your livestock now? You are probably wondering what kind of question is that. Of course, we hope they’re still in the field we put them into last.
We hear and see many reasons for improving our grazing practices. Reasons. Over the last several years, the federal government has also chosen to support and encourage grazing through the use of government programs.
Applying fertilizers to hay and pasture fields to stimulate plant growth will generally increase yields substantially.
Our January weather here in Ohio has been quite pleasant compared with the cold December we experienced.