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  1. Key To Alfalfa Growth Is Weed Control; Start Sooner Rather Than Later

    https://wayne.osu.edu/news/key-alfalfa-growth-weed-control-start-sooner-rather-later

    Generations ago, Alfalfa was given the nickname “Queen of Forages”, because of its high quality ... soil nutrient resources, especially in the summer months.  Not only will they thin the stand, but they ... can reduce the quality of the harvested forage.  While some weeds can actually contribute high protein ...

  2. Smith-Lever Act Anniversary

    https://extension.osu.edu/node/4500

    Contact Us image with information about the Smith-Lever Act The Smith-Lever Act established Cooperative Extension offices for land-grant universities, including Ohio State. Locate an office near you. ...

  3. Farmers: Focus On Small Grain Silage Harvested, Stored Properly

    https://wayne.osu.edu/news/farmers-focus-small-grain-silage-harvested-stored-properly

    the importance of homegrown, high-quality feed and dairy profitability.  Cassie Yost and Tim Beck from ... forage for their rations but could conclude that they were also above average at producing high quality ... A Virus, formerly known as High Pathogenic Avian Influenza in dairy cattle, has slowed.  The animal health ...

  4. Current Dairy Industry Outlook and Dairy Margin Coverage Sign-Up

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-26-issue-2/current-dairy-industry-outlook-and-dairy-margin

    2024 is projected to have margins above the $9.50/cwt level, many different domestic or international ... the first 5 million pounds of milk production history if producers enrolled at the $9.50/cwt margin ... level. Farms received 2 months of catastrophic payments when the margin fell below $4/cwt. Figure 1 shows ...

  5. US Dairy Herds and Policy and the 2022 Census of Agriculture

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-26-issue-2/us-dairy-herds-and-policy-and-2022-census

    dairy herds over the last 50 years, the decline between the 2017 and 2022 Census of Agriculture was ... had 50-99 cows.  Another 11,942 farms had milk cows on December 31, 2022 but had not sold any milk ... farms.  Herds of 20-49 cows declined the most on a percentage basis, followed by herds of 50-99, 10-19, ...

  6. John Yost Joins Our Team and Toxic Levels of Hay Nitrates

    https://wayne.osu.edu/news/john-yost-joins-our-team-and-toxic-levels-hay-nitrates

    feed, and levels between 1000 and 2100 ppm should be safe for non-pregnant livestock.  Nitrate levels of ... indicate that nitrate levels in some stands, are approaching a range of 1700 ppm which is acutely toxic to ... flash graze pastures to keep the animals from grazing too close to the soil level and delaying harvest ...

  7. Keep Forage Nitrate Toxicity in Mind This Year

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-25-issue-5/keep-forage-nitrate-toxicity-mind-year

    away. We have had multiple reports of high nitrate levels this year. The first reports of high nitrate ... reports of dangerously high nitrate levels in millet hay with the recently dry weather.  Producers have ... the results. Table 1: Interpretation of nitrate forage test results. ppm NO 3 (DM) Percent NO 3 ppm NO ...

  8. Why Do Cows Bunch?

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-26-issue-2/why-do-cows-bunch

    standing, splashes manure on the udder, and elevates stress hormones. These changes increase risk of ... is 150 cows or less. Automated milking dairy farms with all cows in same pen will observe more social ... outside airflow can create a micro-environment in pens that initiate cow bunching. High stocking density ...

  9. Jam-packed Schedules Can Impact Mental Health

    https://wayne.osu.edu/news/jam-packed-schedules-can-impact-mental-health

    make the wheels fall off the bus. Margin: The space between load and limits In his book, “Margin: ... describes margin this way: “Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed ... situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and ...

  10. Key To Corn Success Is Getting It In The Ground Properly

    https://wayne.osu.edu/news/key-corn-success-getting-it-ground-properly

    statement has stood the test of time, and that the simplistic tips from 20 years ago still hold true today.  ... program is $50, which covers the manual, a grazing stick, and program supplies.  To register for any of ...

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