1. Akfalfa windrows

    Alfalfa Quality Estimates for Ohio

    May 25, 2018

    Alfalfa development over the past week has continued at a a rapid pace and caused an increase in neutral detergent fiber (NDF) values. It is time to harvest high quality alfalfa in southern and western Ohio!

  2. Hay windrows

    First Cutting Time is Approaching!

    May 17, 2018

    Estimating fiber content before harvest can be valuable to producers for making harvest timing and storage decisions. A simple method can be used to estimate the fiber content of alfalfa standing in the field to guide harvest timing decisions.

  3. Alfalfa image

    2017 Ohio Forage Performance Trials

    Dec 16, 2017

    The 2017 Forage Performance Trials results are available online here.

  4. Cattle grazing sorghum sudangrass

    Harvesting and Grazing Forages Following a Frost

    Oct 30, 2017

    Livestock owners who feed and graze forages need to be aware of dangers of feeding certain forages after frost.

  5. Dr. Mark Sulc discusses research results on reduced lignin alfalfa

    Reduced lignin alfalfa discussed

    Sep 8, 2017

    Dr. Mark Sulc recently spoke at the MSU Ag Innovation Day about the results from a multi-state study evaluating reduced lignin alfalfa.

  6. A drill provides good seed-soil contact for forages

    August Establishment of Perennial Forages

    Aug 2, 2017

    August provides growers with another window of opportunity to establish a perennial forage stand, and there are many advantages for seeding now. This article summarizes important management practices for successful late summer establishment of forages.

  7. Image of hay bales with tag "Celebrate National Forage Week"

    National Forage Week June 18-24, 2017

    Jun 2, 2017

    The American Forage and Grassland Conference is excited to celebrate the 3rd Annual National Forage Week June 18-24, 2017 as an effort to raise awareness to the importance and impact of forages.

  8. Wheel traffic damage in alfalfa

    Avoid Driving on Wet Soils

    May 22, 2017

    It is time to take the first cutting of forages, but heavy rains across Ohio have left many forage fields saturated. It is very important to wait patiently for soils to dry enough to support equipment before trying to make hay on those fields. Wheel compaction on wet soils causes permanent damage and long-term headaches.

  9. Hay mower showing wide windrows

    Steps for Speeding Up Hay Curing

    May 22, 2017

    The weather outlook is for rain events on about three day cycles over the next couple of weeks. Some missed the recent nice weather window for making hay. What can we do now to get forage cured as quickly as possible? This article summarizes options and key practices to shorten the time of hay drying in the field. Much of this article is adapted with permission from an article published by the author in Farm and Dairy on  June 2, 2010, available here.  

  10. Alfalfa weevil larvae on alfalfa leaf.

    Options for Controlling Alfalfa Weevil in Organic Fields

    May 1, 2017

    Alfalfa weevil infestations are being reported across Ohio. Organic producers face a particular challenge in managing this voracious pest due to the limited number of products available for rescue treatment. This article summaries the options available for organic producers.