Stories by Mark Sulc

Graziers, your livestock are telling you how to increase pasture intake

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chew on this: Animals, regardless of species, will adjust their bite size to harvest about 50% of the existing pasture height in front of them.

Spring pasture renovation begins in fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A reminder to improve next year’s pasture … right now.

Supplemental forage cover crops can add grazing or haying options in fall

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pasture growth has been tremendous so far this year, but late summer heat and dry spells can change conditions quickly.

Grazing can improve milk quality

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Grazing cows produce milk with more favorable characteristics from a human health perspective than do cows on silage or high concentrate diets. That is the message that Dr. Anjo Elgersma shared with a group of dairy producers from the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council and in Wisconsin in late October last year.

Make hay when sun shines, but take steps in case weather won’t cooperate

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

How can farmers deal with making hay and getting it dry between rains? This is a challenge at times, but there are some proven techniques to speed drying that can help shorten the window between cutting and storing the forage.

Improve pasture quality (and milk) with legumes

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dairy cows fed high-quality forage produce more milk with less supplementation than cows fed lower-quality forage.

Plan now for the summer slump

Thursday, April 30, 2009

What are you going to do this summer when growth in your cool-season pastures slows down? What will you do if they stop growing altogether sometime this summer? You must be thinking, “Aw come on man, why are you asking me that when spring has barely gotten into gear?” The answer is simply that a […]

Purchasing seed for new pastures

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The days are getting longer, which means spring is just around the corner! Having grown up in a warmer climate than Ohio, I like to remind myself spring will come as we head into the coldest months of the winter. Reminding myself of spring also motivates me to prepare for its arrival. Some tasks need […]

A few, not all, forages can be toxic after frost

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fall is in the air and Jack Frost will certainly arrive soon. Each year after the first hard frost, I usually answer phone calls from forage producers who are very concerned about the dangers of feeding frosted forages. A very few, but certainly not all, of our forages can be extremely toxic soon after a […]

Late summer a good time to think about pastures and hay crops

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Late summer can be an excellent time to establish new forage stands. It is also a good time to seed in bare or thin spots in stands established this spring. While we can’t control the weather, there are several things we can control that will improve the chances for successful forage stand establishment. First, apply […]


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About Mark

The author is an associate professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at Ohio State University.