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Weed Control - New Hay Field

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07-25-2012 05:23:59

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Planted this field about June 1. Timothy, Alfalfa, Orchard Grass mix. It's doing surprisingly well considering the lack of rain. But of course it's loaded with weeds. It's been 60 days and I'd like to cut for weed control. The stand is not very high and probably won't rake very well. Any problems leaving the cuttings lay on the field? I don't think there is enough there to smother the growing plants. Any advise on this? Thanks in advance.

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07-25-2012 05:36:18

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 Re: Weed Control - New Hay Field in reply to Mike42678, 07-25-2012 05:23:59  
Should be okay.

Years ago for the Government program you had to mow off some ground for Set Aside Acres.

We would seed alfalfa and grass mix in the spring with a cover crop of oats. We mowed it and left it lay and the seeding would always come back up through the oats clippings just fine. Sometimes the clippings would be almost 4 foot tall.


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07-25-2012 05:36:10

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 Re: Weed Control - New Hay Field in reply to Mike42678, 07-25-2012 05:23:59  
As with most hay fields, you will have "areas" throughout the field that will be "good". THese areas if cut and left lay "might" smother out the young plants underneath. Generally I think your idea will work and not cause problems. Monitor those thick spots, you may have to go in there and ted those areas after about a week-10 days so as to let sunlight through to the plants underneath.

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