Muskingum Ag Dispatch June 5

Another week in Ohio and the USDA outlook reports indicate that the vast majority of corn in the state is planted.  In our area we still have some hills to finish.  Soybeans are well underway.  Growing degree reports indicate that we are near to catching up on heat units to the past two years.  Cooler spring weather has still given way to a trend in growing degree days that is still above average.  However, a brief cool spell is with us now.  Rainfall trends are generally above average so far this season largely due to a wet winter.  In general, I hear positive reports on grain crop condition but challenges in hay making weather.

 

News and updates from Ohio State Extension are below:

 

OARDC Weather Stations June 2

Location

Date Precip. Precip. Sum GDD Sum Avg. Air Temp Min 2in Soil Temp. Min 4in Soil Temp.

Columbus

6/2/2018 0.00 19.19 940 73.2 71.8 72.3
Eastern (Caldwell) 6/2/2018 0.00 21.33 870 68.7

73.8

Wooster

6/2/2018 0.00 17.07 721 66.1 70.7 70.4
Piketon 6/2/2018 0.00 22.40 967 73.0 71.1

71.9

Alfalfa Fiber Content Estimates in Ohio

From:   //  C.O.R.N. NEWSLETTER  //  2018-14  //  ALFALFA FIBER CONTENT ESTIMATES IN OHIO

https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-14/alfalfa-fiber-content-estimates-ohio

Alfalfa Fiber Content Estimates in Ohio

Lead Author: Angela Arnold

Alfalfa development over the past week has continued at a a rapid pace and caused an increase in neutral detergent fiber (NDF) values. Alfalfa NDF was estimated in different counties in Ohio using the height and stage of alfalfa, as described in last week’s article about estimating alfalfa fiber content. The table below indicates average NDF and stage of alfalfa in four different counties in Ohio.  It is time to harvest high quality alfalfa in western Ohio!

Date

Location (county)

Average NDF

Stage

5/20/18

Auglaize

38.3%

Bud

5/21/18

Mercer

38%

Vegetative

5/17/18

Tuscarawas

32%

Vegetative

5/15/18

Wayne

33.1%

Vegetative / Early Bud

Alfalfa producers should keep a close watch on alfalfa development as warmer temperatures persist in the region. Producers should consider harvesting as soon as a weather window opens up. It is likely several alfalfa fields around the state will be harvested this week if weather permits.

Grass fields are ready for harvest. In fact, orchardgrass is already flowering in western Ohio. Grasses that have reached the early heading stage are already past the prime for high producing lactating dairy cows; however, grass in early heading is still good for feeding to many other classes of livestock with lower requirements than lactating dairy cows. Begin harvesting grasses as soon as you see a good harvest window.

There have also been some reports of alfalfa weevil damage / feeding across the state. In addition to keeping a close watch on alfalfa development for making harvest decisions, producers should be monitoring alfalfa weevil to determine if harvesting earlier is warranted.  If alfalfa weevil damage is at or over the economic threshold, growers should consider cutting earlier to eliminate the risk of losing quality due to weevil feeding. Visit HERE for a factsheet on alfalfa weevil.

Weather Summary May 28, 2018

OARDC Weather Stations

Location

Date Precip. Precip. Sum GDD Sum Avg. Air Temp Min 2in Soil Temp.

Min 4in Soil Temp.

Columbus

5/28/2018 0.00 17.88 811 80.4 72.3 72.3

Eastern (Caldwell)

5/27/2018 0.01 20.01 728 73.0 72.6 72.0
Wooster 5/28/2018 0.00 16.91 600 76.5 70.1

69.7

Piketon 5/28/2018 0.00 21.98 841 75.3 74.6

74.8

 

Beef Quality Assurance Opportunities

The Events/Programs link page at the OSU Extension Beef Team website has a list of local and regional Beef Quality Assurance training and certification opportunities: http://u.osu.edu/beefteam/events-programs/.

The next BQA event in Muskingum County will be Tuesday, May 8, at 7:00 PM at the Muskingum Livestock Auction sale barn.