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Rye for hay?
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Mark    Posted 01-31-2004 at 14:30:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
In the spring can you bale your rye(cover crop) and youse it for hay?

PatM    Posted 01-31-2004 at 15:30:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you're talking about cereal rye, yes you can. It should be cut and baled just when the rye flowers (after that it starts to lose "palatability" and protein), oat hay is baled when the seeds are just starting to fill out.

The straw is what's left after the grain has matured and been combined.

Alias    Posted 01-31-2004 at 15:10:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark, most farmers bale their straw from rye, wheat, barly and such. But, it is usually used for bedding. Without the grain heads, it has little or no neutresinal*** value.

***= mispelled..........gfp

So tell me Mark, are these questions part of a school course you're taking?

Mark    Posted 01-31-2004 at 20:14:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
no, just workin some things through my head.

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