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Grazing horses and spring grass

Hello,
I have my horses at home and not boarded and for the first time, I will be in charge of their grazing habits. At the boarding facility, they were always on dry (mud) lots for the winter, only eating hay, so introduction to pasture came very slowly in May. I now have a dry lot, a "throw away" couple acres of field/grass, and a brand new pasture that is still being fenced that has never been grazed. I have let my horses wander and munch on the dormant grasses all winter long in the throw away lot (a pipeline is going through, so I don't care if they eat it down and turf it until pipeline done). If I continue to let them have access to this area for 10 - 14 hours a day as the grasses come up and mature, do I have to worry about the spring grass? There will likely be a big difference in the grasses between the lot they are in now and the new pasture, so I would introduce them more slowly to that area after we get a cutting of hay off of it.

Wayne County Ohio Posted about 22 hours ago

Soil Testing

Hi, I am trying to find someone to go out on the field to have a soil tested on a soon to be purchased property. Thank you.

Lorain County Ohio soil test Posted 2 days ago

Hello all, First I want to say thank you for any help you may be able to...

Hello all, First I want to say thank you for any help you may be able to provide. I recently purchased a house in London, Ohio. There is a beautiful stream that runs beside it. It was even a selling point of the house. The issue I am having is the bank is eroding in one of the elbow areas of the stream. I am planning to reinforce the bank with clean hard fill but was wondering if there is a best practice when doing this. I have a barn that is currently 20 feet from the stream. But when the stream is high it erodes the bank and I just had a pc about 30 ft x 10 ft fall in due to the erosion. I don't plan to move the barn and I don't believe that the erosion will happen quickly but I do believe it will happen. I have read some articles saying I should plant some vegetation to hopefully slow the progression. Any ideas on how to do this "correctly". Please let me know. I have attached a picture of the property and have circled the area of interest. Some of the area circled in the picture has already fell into the stream and we want to stop this from reoccurring. This is an older picture. I can not get a good picture of the impact until the water comes down.

Ohio Posted 2 days ago

Where do I submit a photo of an ant for Identification. Had a few ants in the...

Where do I submit a photo of an ant for Identification. Had a few ants in the house and want to id to ask about treatment. Thanks, Giles

Lucas County Ohio Posted 2 days ago

My daughter would like to do a rabbit project this year. Are there...

My daughter would like to do a rabbit project this year. Are there recommendations for rabbit breeds around the Columbus area? What is the best approach to take if she wants to have a pet rabbit, but show at the Franklin County Fair?

Franklin County Ohio rabbits Posted 3 days ago

I have a chicken that was injured several weeks ago. We brought her into the...

I have a chicken that was injured several weeks ago. We brought her into the house to care for her. I feel she is ready to go back with the flock. With the wildly varying temps in Ohio when and how would be the best time to acclimate her back to the cold?

Delaware County Ohio poultry poultry health chickens Posted 4 days ago

Do I have to order a soil test kit through the Columbus/Franklin County...

Do I have to order a soil test kit through the Columbus/Franklin County extension or can I order one through my local extension in Summit County?

Summit County Ohio soil test kits Posted 6 days ago

I'm facing a land management decision on our farm which would benefit from...

I'm facing a land management decision on our farm which would benefit from your advice. Long story short, we have 14 acres of poor soil that has been in corn/soybeans, which our local farmers do not want to cash rent anymore. My long-term plan is to, within the next 5 years, enroll it in CRP/plant it in one of their prairie practices. I'm told that the CRP program is currently at its national acreage cap and it may be awhile before new enrollment applications are accepted. In the meantime, my concern is keeping this acreage in commercial agriculture and thus maintaining our property's eligibility for CAUV taxation. We are looking at planting these acres in hay, to be sprayed and replaced with prairie forbs/grasses within a few years. My concerns are: 1) Choosing a hay seed mix that will not introduce problem non-native grasses that would create a long-term competition problem for the future prairie natives; and 2) Choosing a hay mix that, while it's in the field, will itself create maximum desirable habitat for grassland birds (especially meadowlarks and sparrows) and any plant stragglers that persist will contribute positively to our future prairie. I understand that most commonly-used hay species around here (grasses and legumes) are both cool season and non-native. Can you offer some thoughts or recommendations? Sincerely, Larry Smith

Richland County Ohio Posted 10 days ago

since yesterday I have been bombarded with tiny flying bugs. they seem to...

since yesterday I have been bombarded with tiny flying bugs. they seem to gravitate to food. I keep my house very clean. To me they look like baby flies. I have seen them in all areas of the house but mostly in the kitchen countertops and windows. any idea?

Lucas County Ohio Posted 11 days ago

how much should a septic system cost for a 3 bedroom home

how much should a septic system cost for a 3 bedroom home

Madison County Ohio septic systems Posted 12 days ago