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Testing for Improvements

Depending on the season, nutrients may have varying availability to plants within the soil column. Typically, during the winter months, nutrients immobilize, and plants go dormant, driving carbohydrates and nutrients back into the roots.

It’s All Management

This wouldn’t be the first time I bring this topic to light, and it certainly will not be the last. As I grow older, and maybe on a good day even wiser, I see more clearly the importance of effective management.   Whether we think of it or not, we all spend each day just managing our lives. This is a tall task indeed with all our natural hustle and bustle. However, taking the time to just look for different perspectives can open up potential to better manage the whole situation around us.

Tales of Production

Once upon a time, a team of production workers set off for a day’s hard work. They started the day just like most anyone else. They grab a cup of coffee or an energy drink for the youngsters that can stomach the “black tar.” Occasionally you will see one flying if after a long night of gallivanting around town hoping not to be late.

Calcium for Blueberries

Calcium is a required macronutrient for all plants. The twentieth element on the periodic table is necessary for cell wall development, root growth, cell division, and cell communication. The roots take calcium up through the xylem where it is distributed through the plant at an optimal pH of 7-8.5. So how can the plant meet its calcium need while requiring a low soil pH?

Swine Skin Conditions

The majority of our common pig breeds have almost less hair than I do, so skin conditions make themselves fairly apparent. This is good, because we want to address any skin issues that arise as soon as possible. The pig’s skin is an important barrier to the outside world, so we want to maintain its integrity and prevent infections.

Fall Grazing

Fall is right around the corner. All of the ruminant farmers will be trying to extend their grazing season. This is what we do, right? Unfortunately, every fall and spring during the flush of grass and grazing, someone calls they are bloating or having grass tetany.

Fall Fertilizer

One essential practice that can significantly benefit farmers is fall fertilizer application. By nourishing the soil and optimizing nutrient availability, fall fertilizer treatments offer a multitude of advantages for farmers. Let’s explore why fall fertilization is a pathway to success for farmers, helping them achieve higher yields, improve soil health, and maximize their overall agricultural productivity.

Managing Summer Slump

On hot summer days, you are not the only one that wants a shade tree and a drink. The majority of our pastures in the Northeast and Upper Mid-Atlantic are comprised of cool season perennial plants, which grow optimally in temperatures of 60-80 F. There is a good reason for this. Cool season perennials offer high quality feed when harvested at the appropriate time. They grow during the many cool days experienced in this area, and they hold their quality fairly long into the winter. However, by the time the corn is starting to stretch to the sun, these plants are slowing their growth, or going dormant. For pasture-based cattle and small ruminant producers, this can be a challenge. You may want to reap the benefits of reduced forage costs that can come with grazing, or if you are a certified organic producer: you may need to graze through the summer to meet your pasture requirements. Thankfully, seasonal changes also offer seasonal opportunities.

Heat Stress Help

July and August are here. There is a little relief for the farmers working in the fields during July and August. Our animals, however, need to keep working. Please remember to take steps to mitigate the stress that comes with higher temperatures and humidity. Our animals dislike the excessive heat, humidity, and stagnant air.

Breeding Season Preparation

It might only be the beginning of the dog days of summer, but it is never too early to start thinking and planning for fall breeding season! The days are already getting shorter and soon your dairy does and certain ewes will start cycling. That also means the bucks and rams will be ramping up their yearly mating rituals (hello buck stink!!). Although it seems early, whatever you do now, 3 months before, will be affecting the results of your breeding season. This is because the production of sperm takes 88-90 days. Some simple management will help to ensure an easy and successful breeding season.

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