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To mow or not....and when??? Need advice!
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Tom A    Posted 05-30-2003 at 04:10:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Weatherman says no chance of rain here today, slight chance of a shower tomorrow and no chance on Sunday. My ground is very soft from a month of *daily* rain and some pretty serious rainfall even before that.

My grass hay is all too tall and getting stalky. It is all covered with heavy dew this morning, too.

I think I have to take advantage of the weather and mow hay today, right? (I'm batting about 1,000--everytime I ever mow hay, it has rained.) My idea is to mow as early as possible today despite the really soft ground and hope I don't get stuck or ruin the soil. Then I'll crimp (2 trips across the field) since it is so stalky. Rake either this afternoon or tomorrow and try to get it all in the barn on Sunday.

So, am I right to mow today? And if yes, should I wait for the dew to dry up (could be noonish...) before I mow, or just get out there as soon as I can get the mower hooked up? Looking for advice from all you old-timers!


Clipper    Posted 05-30-2003 at 07:42:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd wait till the morning dew has dried off...that alone can add too much moisture content to your hay and then the mold will set in quick.

Ron/PA    Posted 05-30-2003 at 04:57:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom, Just who are you calling "Old Timer?" (LOL)
It's always better to let it dry before you mow, once it lays down it takes longer to dry cause it's layered. However if you are going to crimp,
you can do it, a few things to consider before you do are.
Does your crimper winrow it as it lays it back down? If so then you will pile wet hay up and make it harder to dry, If it lays it back out in a single layer and you need to rake later, then I'd be willing to take the chance if you want to cut now. Best case scenario, wait til it dries, but I wouldn't winrow it wet, or a little shower tomorrow could drive you crazy.
My 2

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