1. 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.

  2. Drill planting forages

    How Late Can I Plant Forages This Spring?

    May 6, 2020

    Many of us have not been able to plant forages yet. Is it too late this spring to plant, or do we still have some time? 

  3. Alfalfa weevil damage on alfalfa leaves

    Time to Scout for Alfalfa Weevil Across Most of Ohio

    May 6, 2020

    It is time to start scouting for alfalfa weevil feeding in alfalfa stands across most of the state. Details and a how-to video are available in this article.

  4. Winter cereal forage swaths in the field

    Harvest of Winter Annual Forages is Approaching

    Apr 20, 2020

    Winter annual crops planted the previous late summer to autumn can be sources of highly digestible fiber in dairy rations. Forage yield and nutritive value changes rapidly in the spring as these crops mature, so be ready to harvest them at the right stage based on animal requirements.

  5. Alfalfa weevil feeding damage on alfalfa

    Alfalfa Weevil – It’s Closer Than You Think

    Apr 15, 2020

    Though it seems like spring has been slow to come this year, we have actually accumulated enough degree days to see potential outbreaks of alfalfa weevil in some locations

  6. Dairy cows on early spring pasture

    Be Careful on When to Start Grazing

    Mar 31, 2020

    Be careful on when to start grazing: you may not want to rush it and we may need to fix it. This article outlines what should be considered in this decision.

  7. Drill planting in the field

    Get Ready for Spring Planting Now

    Mar 31, 2020

    Climatologists are forecasting another challenging planting season, so prepare as much as possible now, as if you will be planting tomorrow morning…which hopefully will be true one day very soon!

  8. Alfalfa variety trial

    The 2019 Forage Performance Trials Report

    Dec 20, 2019

    The 2019 Forage Performance Trials Report is available online and in the December issue of Ohio's Country Journal.

  9. Hay Sampling

    Dec 4, 2019

    Physical evaluation of hay is useful to sort hay into general categories such as high, medium or low quality.  To move beyond general categories and predict animal performance requires a forage chemical analysis.

  10. Hay mower cutting sorghum sudangrass

    Feeding High Ash Forages

    Nov 22, 2019

    High ash content in forages resulting from soil contamination can cause several problems. This article discusses ash content in forages, its sources, and problems that occur when soil contamination is high.