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Reclaiming a hayfield.

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Jacksonduper

06-12-2011 17:39:46
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A neighbor has a hay field that he says I can have. The problem is it has not cut in about 5 years. I walked tonight and it has a lot of undergrowth. The grass is kind of matted near the ground. He has been brush hogging for the last few years. I have a older John Deere 1209 haybine. will this machine cut this grass or am I asking for a major pain in the butt. It is free hay but is it worth it?


Any advice would be great.

Joe

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NEBeef

06-13-2011 04:11:43
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 Re: Reclaiming a hayfield. in reply to Jacksonduper, 06-12-2011 17:39:46  
Don't expect much from the first cutting, you might even decide to square bale it for mulch or construction hay. Rake it as close as you can the first time, carefully, that'll take some of the matted plant matter out. Do a soil test and fertilize accordingly, the next cutting should be greatly improved.



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DiyDave

06-13-2011 03:32:26
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 Re: Reclaiming a hayfield. in reply to Jacksonduper, 06-12-2011 17:39:46  
1209 is a good machine, just go slow enough to see any obstructions or weed trees. After you cut (higher than normal), and bale, take a lawnmower to the whole field, and it will come back better next year. Never cut lower than about 3" with the lawnmower.



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bendee

06-12-2011 21:38:17
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 Re: Reclaiming a hayfield. in reply to Jacksonduper, 06-12-2011 17:39:46  
Cut some and feed it to the beef as a trial, they may not like or eat it. They can be picky.



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RodInNS

06-12-2011 19:51:08
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 Re: Reclaiming a hayfield. in reply to Jacksonduper, 06-12-2011 17:39:46  
Drop the shoes WAY down on the haybine so it's cutting high and go. Shouldn't be a problem...

Rod



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LAA

06-12-2011 19:38:53
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 Re: Reclaiming a hayfield. in reply to Jacksonduper, 06-12-2011 17:39:46  
If any doubt, bush hog it the first cutting, it will still roll allright and it will dry quick. If it is only 3 acres you could bushhog it early one morning and roll it that afternoon if good weather.



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Tony in Mass.

06-12-2011 19:13:48
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 Re: Reclaiming a hayfield. in reply to Jacksonduper, 06-12-2011 17:39:46  
With today's economy, it won't change hands anytime soon, but really, 3 acres, overgrown, and if there is an old electric fence post in there, or old junk the brushog ate.... but your haybine won't ...digest.... if you walk over every inch, or have an old sickle bar... more dangers in an unknown field that matted straw.



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Zachary Hoyt

06-12-2011 18:24:32
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 Re: Reclaiming a hayfield. in reply to Jacksonduper, 06-12-2011 17:39:46  
We cut some of our fields with the bush hog in alternate years instead of taking hay, and when we get back to cutting hay again it has never been a problem. As long as there are not woody stemmed bushes growing I would not worry about it. Zach



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Jacksonduper

06-12-2011 19:18:33
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 Re: Reclaiming a hayfield. in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 06-12-2011 18:24:32  
It was cut a few years ago so there is no old posts etc.



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Jacksonduper

06-12-2011 19:14:14
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 Re: Reclaiming a hayfield. in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 06-12-2011 18:24:32  
There are few woody stem trees starting but was going to nip those with hand clippers Before I cut.

Joe



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lyle niemi

06-12-2011 18:09:20
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 Re: Reclaiming a hayfield. in reply to Traditional Farmer, 06-12-2011 17:39:46  
if you want to have some fun get a plow and plow it up there is something about plowing i found to be very rewarding. I plowed 200 acres last fall with a 4 bottom plow it was great!!



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JWalker

06-12-2011 18:00:59
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 Re: Reclaiming a hayfield. in reply to Jacksonduper, 06-12-2011 17:39:46  
What kind of hay? Have you taken a soil sample? How long can you have it for free? You need to ask all of these questions before deciding if it is worth it or not



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Jacksonduper

06-12-2011 18:06:14
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 Re: Reclaiming a hayfield. in reply to JWalker, 06-12-2011 18:00:59  
The field is just grass. They have been trying to sell the property so it could be short term. I would be round baling the grass and feeding it to beef steers. The piece is about 3 acres.

Joe



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