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PA.orchardgrass how soon could I plant
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tugboattim    Posted 03-24-2004 at 06:58:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi yall tugboat tim here I don't get off my tug till april 1'st then I become tractor tim. I have a 4 acre piece of hay field on a good slope that has become overrun with crownvetch that stuff the state plants for erosion control. So I;d like to plow up and work down and plant orchard grass when I get home so I can mayby harvest it yet this year but I want the grass to take root asap because of the sloop is april gonna be to early
I'm only home for two weeks then it's back to tugboat tim thanks all in advance love the site

Red Dave    Posted 03-24-2004 at 08:26:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
In my part of PA, April is kinda hit-or-miss when it comes to working in the fields. Some years you can, some you can't. Often it's still pretty wet for field work, but not always.
I usually see the Amish in the fields first, but that's because mules don't get stuck in mud or compact wet ground into the consistency of concrete either.

I think you'll have to wait and see what Mother Nature does with the rain.

Ron/PA    Posted 03-24-2004 at 07:40:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't really help you with your planting schedule, not knowing your weather.
The one thing I can tell you is this. Plowing down crown vetch won't kill the evil devil weed!
If you plow and plant, you will get a hardier crop of vetch, MAYBE sparsed with a bit of orchard grass. probably not. Vetch is a choking killer and that's why the states use it. I'd seriously consider spraying, wait for knock down then plow and plant.
JMHO, and I'd talk to your extension agent for best advice in your area.
Ron, who's still fighting vetch in a hay field after about 8-10 years.

TB    Posted 03-24-2004 at 08:29:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have herd that crown vetch is extreemly hard to kill. More reserch may be needed to do it properly. And may save you some wasted effert of doing it twice.

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