1. 2018 Small Grains Field Day

    May. 01, 2018

    Plan now to attend the 2018 Small Grains Field Day on June 12.  The event will begin with registration and sign in at 9:30 am at the OARC Schaffter farm located at 3240 Oil City Road, Wooster OH.  The cost is $25 per person when registered by June 4. Beginning June 5, registration will be $35 per person. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

  2. Dairy MPP Meeting Scheduled

    May. 01, 2018

    Dairy MPP Meeting Scheduled

  3. Maintaining or Improving Milk Components

    May. 01, 2018

    Maintaining or Improving Milk Components

  4. Healthy Choices

    Apr. 24, 2018

    We all know that spring is on its way, it’s just taking its time getting here.  Along with the signs of new life in the flowers, budding trees and symphony of birds in the morning I’m guessing that there are things that you are looking forward to when the warmer weather arrives, I hope that getting outside is one and maybe improving my habits, another.  How do you set yourself up for healthy choices?  There are many things that vie for our time, our motivation and so many things distract us from reaching our goals.  This week in our Live Healthy Live Well message there were a couple of...

  5. Alfalfa Stand Evaluation

    Apr. 17, 2018

    How did your alfalfa stand handle the winter?  Once we get some warmer weather and stands have 3-4 inches of growth, evaluate stand health by doing stem density counts and a root health assessment in at least 4-5 random areas per 25 acres.  Stem density counts provide an indication of the yield potential of the stand.  The following table is from the University of Wisconsin Extension publication A 3620; “Alfalfa Stand Assessment: Is this stand good enough to keep?” (

  6. Just Breathe

    Apr. 17, 2018

    I love working with OSU Extension - the access to so much information is just a blessing!!  I’ve been working as part of a state team to develop curriculum on Mindful Wellness and will be teaching classes this spring. Just check out our website for dates!  As part of the team, a co-worker from Toledo shared the following article, and with her permission, I’m sharing with you.  Just Breathe is a great reminder to all of us, Simply Breathe.  Thank you Patrice for the insight for stress management and relaxation.

  7. Avoid Soil Compaction

    Apr. 17, 2018

    Avoid Compaction

  8. Winter Cereal Rye Cover Crop Termination

    Apr. 15, 2018

              Winter cereal rye is a popular cover crop choice to protect fields from erosion over the winter months, aid in suppressing winter annual weeds, improve soil health and, in some cases, provide an alternative forage source for livestock.  Looking ahead to the corn or soybean crop that will follow, growers need to give some thought to how they will terminate the cereal rye cover crop.  Termination options include tillage, forage harvesting, chemical application, rolling/crimping and planting green.

  9. Grass Tetany and Prevention

    Apr. 15, 2018

              Pastures are beginning to green up and the grazing season is on the horizon for pasture-based livestock enterprises.  Grass tetany, sometimes called grass staggers, is potentially an issue early in the grazing season.  Low magnesium levels in the blood cause grass tetany.  Magnesium is one of the macro minerals required by animals and it is involved in crucial metabolic functions such as the transmission of nerve impulses and muscle contraction.  About 70% of the total body content of magnesium is stored in bones and teeth, so adequate blood levels of magnesium are dependent upon...

  10. Planter Setup, Maintenance and Preparation for the 2018 Planting Season

    Mar. 27, 2018

    The planting season draws ever nearer and when the weather and soil conditions say it is time to go, planters need to be ready to go.  Today, John Fulton, Andrew Klopenstein, and Kaylee Port, OSU Extension Precision Agriculture, offer the following suggestions and steps to insure planters and growers are ready to roll.