1. Alfalfa with fall armyworm damage

    Managing Forage Stands Damaged by Fall Armyworm

    Aug 31, 2021

    The fall armyworm has taken Ohio by storm and by surprise. This article addresses how to manage damaged forage stands and how to protect those that aren't damaged yet.

  2. Hay mower laying down wide windrows

    Steps to Speed Up Field Curing of Hay Crops

    Jul 14, 2021

    Frequest rains are making it difficult to harvest hay crops this summer.  This article summarizes proven techniques that can help speed up the drying process for storing good quality forage.  

  3. Good fertilization practices ensure good forage production

    Fertilizing hay and pastures

    Jun 2, 2021

    Many hay producers across the state have completed or are in the process of completing their first cutting of the year. One of the two best times to topdress maintenance fertilizer on hay is right after the first cutting.

  4. Alfalfa leaves with attached alfalfa weevil net-like cocoons.

    Alfalfa Weevil and Potato Leafhopper Status in Ohio's Alfalfa Crop

    May 25, 2021

    The alfalfa weevil is on it's way out but potato leafhoppers will be arriving soon to an alfalfa field near you!

  5. Alfalfa field

    Estimating fiber content of alfalfa in fields across Ohio

    May 12, 2021

    Alfalfa stands in Ohio had some early growth due to the warmer temperature in early April. Although it’s been cooler over the past couple of weeks, alfalfa growth has slowly been progressing.

  6. Alfalfa weevil larvae feeding on alfalfa plants

    Alfalfa Weevil Are Active - Time to Scout

    May 3, 2021

    Alfalfa weevil larvae are now in the stage of development for peak feeding activity. Several fields in Ohio have been observed with severe alfalfa weevil feeding damage. It is time to get out and scout your alfalfa fields!

  7. Sorghum-sudan forage

    Short-Season Forages for Summer Planting

    Jul 17, 2020

    Several short-season forages can still be planted this summer to help alleviate low forage inventories. However, soil moisture could be a significant limitation to the success of summer plantings this year.

  8. VIsible potato leafhopper damage in alfalfa

    Time to Start Scouting for Potato Leafhoppers in Alfalfa

    Jun 11, 2020

    As second crop of alfalfa grows, farmers should begin scouting for resurging populations of potato leafhopper in their fields to prevent yield and forage quality losses. 

  9. Baling hay in the field

    Lower First Cutting Hay Yields Are Being Reported

    Jun 11, 2020

    Reports are coming in from forage producers around Ohio that first cutting yields are lower than usual, but forage quality is higher than usual. If inventories are expected to be low, there are steps producers can take to improve their supplies by year's end. 

  10. Alfalfa being harvested

    Field Estimations of Alfalfa Fiber Content

    May 20, 2020

    Forage crops are a behind normal development this year, but first harvest time is approaching, especially in southern Ohio. This article describes how to estimate fiber content of the standing alfalfa crop so as to time harvest to forage quality goals.