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Horse Pasture Question
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Short Round    Posted 05-22-2003 at 06:52:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I plan on planting a horse pasture, I have found the type of seed I need and now I have been getting different opinions on planting a "mother crop" of oats. Some say yes and others say no, any imput on this? It is in WI. and I know it is rather late but it is low area and now is finally dry enough. THANKS for you help.

bob    Posted 05-23-2003 at 09:54:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When you mean a mother crop are you refering to oats as being a cover crop to help get your other seed strated. By this i mean a ground cover to keep weeds down. If so we do this all the time on the farm. We seed oats and under seed allalfa for hay crops. Works good, being in wis your oats will be late ripeing or you could make oat hay out of it. When oats is green and just heads out cut it and lett it dry reall good the bale like hay.
What part of the state are you in?
I am in the south west corner here

Tina-NY    Posted 05-23-2003 at 04:49:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oat wouldnt be my choice for horse pasture. I would do a timothy, orchard mix and possible maybe a lil alpalfa mixed in but not much. Good luck...

Annie    Posted 05-22-2003 at 13:35:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not sure if you mean a grain pasture to harvest for extra feed or are planting a grass pasture for summer feeding. I stay away from the legume grasses for our horses which can increase the risk of foundering on that type of grass. I had my horse pasture planted with lower risk foundering grasses, timothy, orchard and fescue, all of which make a nice hay mix for winter feeding. We live in Kentucky where I don't have a need for much grain feeding and our horses don't need the supplemental feed of oats because they are not work horses. You may have a different situation.

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