With skyrocketing feed prices and negative margins to dairy producers, it may seem as if 2009 is repeating itself. But I don’t think that this is the case — there is some sunshine showing up in the currently cloudy dairy skies. The feed situation It was not that long ago the USDA and most experts […]
Integrated dairy farms producing a large amount of the feeds consumed by their cows have a distinct cash flow advantage. This should be very good to Midwestern dairy producers in the long run.
We were inches away from an entirely different set of crop and feed prices. Inches of rain that is. During the Ag Outlook Meetings early this year, back when we thought grain and feed prices were high — and feed purchasers would appreciate being back at or below those price levels no — the prediction […]
Dairy farmers can tour two Ashtabula County farms Sept. 8.
Recently, my agriculture pursuits allowed me a venture into pop culture, as I made time to read The Hunger Games. Now the movie has been released and it prompted me to compare the author’s theme with the future of agriculture. Synopsis If you are not familiar with the fictional novel, it takes place in a […]
Family businesses are complex, challenging, rewarding and often gratifying, and many parents often desire for their children to continue the business. However, like some marriages, they don’t always work. Finances, poor communications, personal goals, leadership styles, management philosophy, and life changes are but a few of the reasons these separations occur. Suggestions So, if you […]
I had the privilege of traveling overseas to conduct research during part of the summer, so I missed all of the hot and dry weather during July. Using the Internet, I could follow the ongoing drama of the rain that never showed. But one can never appreciate the devastation until one sees it with his […]
Significant drought conditions in many parts of Ohio have led to an increased interest in harvesting corn as silage. With very few farmers owning silage-making equipment, many are looking to neighbors that do own silage harvesting-equipment or professional custom farming providers to help them meet their needs. Questions arise about custom farming rates and the […]
Mastitis and lameness are the two most costly health issues on dairy farms today. Cost of treatment for mastitis is certainly important, but the major factor to the cost of mastitis is the loss of milk production and the cow if she has to be culled from the herd.
Frustrated. That single word does a pretty good job of summing up the mood of many dairy farmers as they look at dwindling feed inventories and less-than-lush fields.
The Ohio Ag Manager Team was started in 2005 by OSU Extension to help Ohio farmers with their farm management questions. Our outreach efforts include offering farm management workshops, authoring informational fact sheets and publishing a monthly newsletter located at: http://ohioagmanager.osu.edu/. Here are a few of items our team is currently working on for Ohio […]
From the musical, “Porgy and Bess,” George and Ira Gershwin composed the memorable song that begins with the phrase, “Summertime and the livin is easy.” I mean no disrespect, but summers on the farm are far from easy and 2012 has already given us quite enough of Mother Nature’s wrath. The heat, the storms, the […]
Enrolling in an agricultural district makes sense for Ohio farmers to consider. It is a program that provides protections, doesn’t cost anything to apply, and the application form is simple to complete.
As I write this column in mid-June, the dairy and feed markets are displaying much uncertainty and even some incoherence. The increase in milk futures over the last two weeks has no fundamentals; it just doesn’t make sense.
A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm related work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time or lack of expertise for a particular operation. Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job that they may encounter […]
ou often pay attention to the milk components when you get your milk check, but they also serve as a window into the rumen health and metabolic balance of your cows.
Hello, dairy farmers! What a difference a year has made. Last year, we were in the middle of one of the wettest spring planting seasons on record. Now, this year’s spring is making a run for the record books as one of our all-time best! Most producers have finished corn and soybean planting and a […]
For nearly four decades, my career path has found roots in the educational system. As a “baby boomer,” I have observed changing attitudes of the generations of students I have taught. With each, I have attempted to discover teaching methods that addressed the “so what” moment with an “aha” response. The graduation season is upon […]
OSU Extension — your source for information about gas, oil exploration “Should I lease my land for oil and gas exploration?” “How much should I get for a lease?” “What should the lease include?” “Will I owe tax on the money I receive?” “What should I know about pipelines?” These are but a few of […]
I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but the sky over dairyland looks to be very stormy with good possibilities of tornados. There is a lot of milk being shipped from U.S. dairy farms right now. Unless the demand for dairy products increases markedly, potential disaster may be looming. As I write […]