Well, the grass and forage has really taken off. Last Monday, May 9, I clipped forage samples from the current lot and the field I would be going into. Everyone talks about the “spring flush” and its washy grass.
Rotational grazing and quality hay are important for conception rates in cattle. “It is important for the cows to have a good body condition score for good conception rates and that goes back to rotational grazing and good quality hay,” said Terry Bachtold.
Fertilizer applications are important for producing quality hay. “Our ground is not the best, so if you want a crop you’ve got to fertilize,” said Steve Degner during a panel discussion at the Forages for Feed meeting presented by the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council.
Hello from Graze-N-Grow. Well, still no oats in and not a lot of growth in the pastures. Not even the rye is tall enough to start grazing yet. I’m predicting a late spring.
The cold and wet weather of late March has us glad our calving season hasn’t started, but talk of pushing back on bull turnout even further into July is a popular topic every time we get another mini winter blast.
Adding ionophores to sheep rations helps to capture more energy from the feed. “Anything that helps feed efficiency and feed conversion is going to be a good thing when we have expensive feed,” said Josh McCann, assistant professor of animal sciences.
March is always an up and down month for weather. Nice one day and then cold and snowy the next. I am choosing to be positive and know it will not be long until spring. March is a good time to plan for projects when the weather turns nice.
It’s a beautiful spring day at 65 degrees today, quite a change from the weather we have been getting every Thursday for the last four weeks. I even missed several grazing meetings because of the snow and ice and you know it’s bad when that happens.
Liquidation of the nation’s cattle herd is expected to continue in 2022. “The first major trend we’re going to be seeing this year is herd liquidation,” said Elliott Dennis, agricultural economics assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Many of you know I had an accident last spring baling hay. It was a Saturday afternoon, and we were two to three hours behind schedule when the baler twine came loose out of one of the needle arms on my square baler.
The Illinois Forage and Grassland Council will host an educational meeting for livestock and hay producers on Saturday, March 12.
A high school student from Indiana organized relief efforts for those affected by a deadly string of tornadoes in western Kentucky.
A new constructed wetland was showcased during the recent Vermilion Headwaters Watershed field tour in Livingston County. The constructed wetland was installed in August 2018 on Fulton Farms farmland and is designed to capture and remove nutrients from tile drainage.
Combines are starting to roll in northern Illinois. Most are running in soybeans, but there was a swath to the south of us that was hit with some nasty winds earlier this summer and they are working on down corn.
We saw quite a bit of activity this past week in the fields around our county. The majority of people started shelling corn at some higher moisture levels to either fill early fall delivery contracts or to take advantage of some incentives the local elevators do each year to get early corn in the door.