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Mow hayfield now...or wait?
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Tom A    Posted 04-27-2002 at 02:43:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey all,

Got a field I cut hay off of that is full this year with Winter Cress or some related thing in the mustard family. It is now in full bloom. Usually cut the bulk of my hay off this field.

Should I cut it now to keep the stuff from setting seed, or let it go and just cut hay in a few weeks? If I cut now, should I bush hog and leave it fairly tall, or sicklebar it down to a couple inches to give the orchard grass a chance to come back better? And if I sicklebar, should I dry the stuff for hay (have goats, sheep, and one mule), or cart it off to compost and spread it with manure next year?

Lookin' for wisdom here!

REDNECKMATT    Posted 04-30-2002 at 17:12:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Tom I have some new orchard grass I planted last fall that has that wild mustard coming up in it I plan to let it go and see what happens. I'm afraid the ground is to soft and don't want to make ruts. I'll let ya know how I make out let me know if you mow it and what happens. I figure it's like the dandielions that come up every spring, the never make any problems come hay time.

hay    Posted 04-27-2002 at 04:55:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
i wish i had some hay grass to mow. we have had the driest spring in 6 years and the only thing growing decently is the weeds and a few wildflowers. guess i will just bushhog it down and use it for fertlizer for the next cutting.

Les    Posted 04-27-2002 at 03:05:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry, no wisdom here. I'm just amazed that there is anything tall enough to cut. After our heat wave, the ground has been covered with snow twice in the past week and it's frosty this morning as it has been all week.
My best guess would be to cut it now and let it lay but don't take my word for it.

Ira    Posted 04-27-2002 at 03:56:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ayuh, I'd mow it. Mowin as early as possible is the best way to control weeds without sprayin. The hay might even get a little fertilizer value out of the clippins if they got time to completly decompose.

Tom A    Posted 04-27-2002 at 03:43:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've had quite a drought until the last few weeks, and now decent rains and mild temperatures and the grasses are just shooting up in response. Mowed the lawn one day (really close) and 3 days later it looked like it hadn't been touched in a week or two...can hardly get the garden tractor through it.

The field is probably 18"-20" now, though most of that is the cress crowding out everything else.

Ira    Posted 04-27-2002 at 04:01:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hadn't read this message when I posted my other one. If those weeds are real heavy becareful they don't matt down and smother the hay underneath.

Matt    Posted 04-29-2002 at 06:50:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you just leave it, it will act as mulch and stifle the hay. Cut it and compost it.

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