Manure Sidedress of Corn, Research Plots from 2011-2015

Glen Arnold, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Manure Nutrient Management

Dairy and swine manure sidedress plot research has shown livestock manure to be an excellent replacement for purchased sidedress nitrogen.  For the study below, 28% UAN nitrogen rates and manure nitrogen rates were 200 units of nitrogen per acre each year. The swine manure application rate was 5,000 gallons per acre to get 200 units of nitrogen. The dairy manure application rate 13,577 gallons per acre to get 130 units of nitrogen per acre. The dairy reps received additional nitrogen as incorporated 28% UAN just prior to the manure being applied to reach the 200# goal. Manure was applied using a manure tanker and Dietrich injection units with Continue reading

Macroeconomic Data and Cattle Markets

– Brenda Boetel, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

The consumer sentiment index from the University of Michigan at the end of May was 94.7, substantially higher than the April level of 89.  Since January 2007 there have been only four other months with higher levels than May, and all four of these months occurred in 2015.  Despite meager GDP growth and a higher inflation rate, consumers appeared to be more optimistic about their financial situation.

One week later, on June 3, however, the Continue reading

Consider a Summer Annual for Stored or Grazing Forage Needs

Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Educator, Wayne County

No one knows for certain what the weather is going to do, but we do know that in a typical summer cool season forages in our pastures and hayfields have reduced growth and production.  For anyone looking for some extra forage production during the summer months, consider planting a warm season annual crop during June. Warm season annual forages thrive in summer heat, are drought tolerant, and can be used for either grazing or as a stored feed.  Summer annuals include forage sorghum, sudangrass, sorghum x sudangrass hybrids, millet, teff, and corn.  With adequate soil fertility and a minimum of moisture, these species are capable of Continue reading

“To bale or not bale?” . . . My Own Hay

– Victor Shelton, NRCS State Agronomist/Grazing Specialist

It would be nice some year to have an average spring; trouble is, I’m not sure what that is anymore. I’ve seen a fair amount of hay being cut; some has gone through several wash cycles. I think every producer stresses over making hay, at least part of the time. I’d rather leave the forage standing than have poor quality hay.

Let’s ponder two questions in this issue, “To bale or not bale?” and “Should I put up hay or just buy what I need?” I think everyone, no matter how efficient or type of grazing system, should have some hay on hand. It is your insurance plan; one of your contingency plans. Feeding less hay is a Continue reading

Problem Pasture Weeds

– William S. Curran, Professor of Weed Science and Dwight Lingenfelter, Program Development Specialist, Penn State University

Every so often we get questions regarding herbicide considerations and restrictions for grass forage situations. Over the past few years, the options have remained about the same. See Table 2.6-7 and Table 2.6-8 in the Penn State Agronomy Guide for a listing of products choices and comments.

For most of the products that contain plant growth regulator type herbicides (2,4-D, Clarity, Crossbow, ForeFront, etc.) remember to Continue reading

A Mix of Bearish and Bullish News

– Stephen R. Koontz, Professor, Agricultural Economics, Colorado State University

Summer is upon us and all my thinking and talk of potentially strengthening spring cattle markets appears for naught.  For most of the rest of the year, the market will face the seasonal increases in supplies and it will take much more than greening of grass to improve prices.  There will have to be significant better news.

What do the market fundamentals say?  The details are Continue reading

Another Example of the Disconnect

John F. Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator

By now you surely have some awareness of the unfortunate incident that happened at the Cincinnati Zoo this past weekend. A three-year-old boy fell into a gorilla enclosure at the zoo which eventually led to an endangered-species gorilla being shot and killed by rescuers.  Thankfully, the child is alive today. As expected, there has been a large amount of news coverage about this event and a huge reaction of wide-ranging opinions on social media.

So why am I discussing this event in a newsletter that you read for timely information on beef production and industry-related issues? It is the most Continue reading

Keep an Eye on Cutting Height to Maintain Forage Stands

– Dwane Miller, Penn State Extension Educator

Now that the sun is beginning to shine (at least on a more regular basis), forage growers have begun to take first cutting hay across Pennsylvania. One of the questions we get when trying to maximize both forage yield and longevity of the stand is “How low can you mow?”

This question came to light with the popularity of the disc mower. One of the features of the disc mower allows the operator to lower the cutting height closer to the soil surface. Because of this, we can expect an increase in the tonnage we harvest. However, there are some negatives associated with Continue reading

Weekly Livestock Comments, May 27, 2016

– Andrew P. Griffith, University of Tennessee

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded $5 to $7 lower on live basis compared to a week ago. Live prices were mainly $125 while dressed prices ranged from $195 to $198. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $124.81 live, down $6.33 from last week and $196.76 dressed, down $7.27 from a week ago. A year ago prices were $158.49 live and $249.71 dressed. Finished cattle prices continue to come under pressure, but cash prices remain at Continue reading