Making Hay from Seeding to Harvest Workshop – April 3rd

Are you interested in learning more about hay production? The Hardin County OSU Extension office is having a workshop titled ‘Making Hay: From Seeding to Harvesting’ on April 3 from 6:30-9:00 pm. The location of the Extension office is 1021 W Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton. Topics taught during this program will include Continue reading

Running on Empty? Lack of Energy in the Diet Will Cause Cattle Deaths

– Michelle Arnold, DVM, Ruminant Extension Veterinarian, UKVDL

From a weather standpoint, the winter of 2016-17 has been a non-event. Record temperatures recorded in February and very little measureable snow throughout winter has been a welcome change from previous years. Despite this unexpected warmth, submissions at the UKVDL and telephone conversations with veterinarians and producers confirm many cattle are losing excessive body condition and some are dying of apparent malnutrition. This indicates winter feeding programs on many farms this year are not Continue reading

Early Grazing Observations

Chris Penrose, Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension

March 3rd was the last day I fed my spring calving cows hay. You may have read in previous articles (2/26/ 2014, 3/7/2012, 3/1/2006) some of the advantages of stockpiling fescue and grazing it during calving season. This includes a thick sod to calve on, no mud, and no hay to feed. I do have to admit that I feed a couple pounds of whole shelled corn right on the ground to give the cows a little more energy, but every year I see a rapid improvement in body condition when they go out on stockpiled fescue. When we moved the cows to the pasture on Saturday (March 4th), I noticed that there was more new growth for early March then I have seen in over Continue reading

Early Season Forage Seeding Considerations

Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Educator, Wayne County

I have been getting questions about seeding forages, both frost seeding and drilling, and this year’s weather pattern needs to be considered when making a seeding decision. Generally March is a good time in our area to consider frost seeding. Frost seeding works better some years than others. Successful frost seeding is dependent upon Continue reading

Alfalfa Risks from the Wild Weather Ride This Winter

Jason Hartschuh, Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Educator

Alfalfa breaking dormancy in Crawford County.

As farmers call in to discuss this strange winter and its risks to their alfalfa stand, concerns continue to grow as the green color has started to come back to alfalfa fields. Actually predicting what this weather is going to do to our alfalfa crop is impossible but scouting this spring will be imperative to determining how your alfalfa crop might do this year.

As temperatures rose into the 60’s or even set records in the 70’s recently it has Continue reading

Supplementing Your Winter Forages

Sandy Smith, ANR Educator, Carroll County OSU Extension (This article appeared originally in the Expo 2017 issue of the Ohio Cattleman Magazine)

Livestock nutritional needs are at their highest demand during the winter months.  Unfortunately, during this season, forage quality is often at its lowest.  Winter feed costs are the single largest expense in a cow/calf operation.  The winter feeding program on your farm will all depend on the body condition of your cows, the quality of forage that is fed, availability of winter feed supplements and Continue reading

Options for Managing Mud in Pastures This Winter

Chris Penrose, Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension, Morgan County (This is an updated article from one first published in the January, 2017 Progressive Forage magazine)

Most forage livestock producers do not mind the cold temperatures in the winter, nor do most mind some snow. One thing we do mind is the mild, wet weather we have had this winter. I think we all know the stress for us when we are trying to feed in the mud, especially if we get stuck. Whether it is our tractor or our boots, it never is a good experience. What happens when our fields are grazed to the ground and our sod can no longer support the livestock, feeders and equipment? The fields decline rapidly, round bale feeders become “mud magnets” and tire tracks rut fields.

Mud also increases stress for our livestock. For example, Continue reading

Quality Variables When Wrapping Large Round Alfalfa/Grass Bales with Varying Layers of Film

– K. Coblentz, R. K. Ogden, M. S. Akins, and E. A. Chow, originally published in its entirety in The Professional Animal Scientist 32 (2016):777–783 and condensed here by Steve Boyles, OSU Beef Extension Specialist

Production of baled silage is an alternative for livestock producers in part because it reduces risks of rain damage to wilting forage crops. However, silage fermentation within wrapped round bales differs from conventional chopped silages because the forage is considerably drier (45to 55% dry matter) than conventional chopped alfalfa silages (≥30% dry matter).  This restricts production of fermentation acids and limits the associated pH depression within the silage.  Furthermore, the long-stem nature of baled forages restricts the Continue reading

Frost Seeding Clover with a Drill

Wayne Shriver, Eastern Agricultural Research Station Manager, Ohio State University

Here at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station at Caldwell we manage our pastures in an effort to keep them sustainable by including legumes. Sometimes, producers can get too wrapped up in choosing the right legume, when the real issue is just getting something that will thrive. Here, we have some ladino clover, red clover, bird’s-foot trefoil, and a little alfalfa. I like all of them and want between Continue reading

Grazing Bites: Time to Frost Seed Clover?

– Victor Shelton, NRCS State Agronomist/Grazing Specialist

I know that there are a lot of people who really enjoy winter. I’m not one of them. The only good things about winter is I don’t have to mow the yard and I might find more time to catch up on my reading. The best part of winter is when it’s over!


Time to frost seed!

Winter does tend to be one of the better times for me to do some maintenance. I spend time fixing or building fences, as long as the ground isn’t frozen too much, recycling old metal, removing brush, and frost-seeding clover. Just like Continue reading