U.S. hay stocks on May 1, the beginning of the hay crop year, were estimated at 24.5 million tons, up 27.9 percent from last year and 73.2 percent above the 2013 drought lows. The 2015 level was the highest May 1 hay stock level since 2005.
By Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas Extension
August is the time to begin stockpiling bermudagrass for fall-to-early-winter grazing, said Dirk Philipp, associate professor of Animal Science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
By Kable Thurlow, Michigan State University Extension
Management Intensive Grazing can help grazers have a more uniform distribution of manure and urine nutrients. Nutrient distribution and pasture rest will help graziers better utilize and manage the natural resource base.
By Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County
With the arrival of summer we can generally expect warm to hot temperatures and less frequent rainfall. The vast majority of pastures managed for grazing in our area are composed of cool season grass species that grow best when temperatures are cool to warm and moisture is plentiful. Thus, we have the summer slump in pasture productivity.
I know many hay producers reading this article are frustrated by the rainy weather. They know that forage quality is declining with each day that goes by (and why did I have to state the obvious, right?). However, I want to urge hay producers to change their focus and be patient, to make sure their hayfields are dry enough to support their equipment before they try to get out on them once the sun starts to shine again.
Planting cover crops could help preserve healthy soil in fields that have been left empty this year because of flooding, according to a new article by Purdue agronomist Eileen Kladivko and Barry Fisher, Indiana state soil health specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
By Dr. Brandi Karisch, Mississippi State University
A goal of any receiving or weaning plan should be to minimize stress on newly received calves. Starting new cattle, whether they be newly weaned or freshly received into a stocker operation, can often be a challenge. A goal of any receiving or weaning plan should be to get calves started on feed quickly and eating well. Management of their diets can have long term impacts on performance.
Grazing season is most commonly thought of as grazing during a period of time while the base forage is actively growing. This works great for producers who are seasonal in nature, such as stocker operators who grow winter annual pasture then completely utilize the pasture with stocker calves.