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Discussion Board - Maintaning a hay field

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mosinee dave

09-14-2012 05:45:51

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How long can a newly seeded grassy hay field last with proper fertilizer? I know there are things that cannot be helped like the weather.but if a person took soil samples every year and fertilized it

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09-15-2012 04:45:07

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 Re: Maintaning a hay field in reply to mosinee dave, 09-14-2012 05:45:51  
I have several fields that have not been planted since the 60s'. The oldest one I farm that I planted is about 15 years old. It is now a mix of 25% alfalfa/legumes and the rest grass. I put horse manure on it and lime it every 1/2 dozen years. Getting a lot of manure on a field, liming and early spring late winter no-tilling clovers or trefoils every 5 or 10 years keeps a field going like this forever. Plant new fallow ground, maintane your existing fields. the recommendations often advised are for large scale producers and dairy farmers, economics don't pan out for the average.

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Erik Ks farmer

09-14-2012 15:11:48

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 Re: Maintaning a hay field in reply to steven in tn, 09-14-2012 05:45:51  
I hay some brome that is still productive that I know has been hayed annually since at least 1982.

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09-14-2012 09:16:55

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 Re: Maintaning a hay field in reply to mosinee dave, 09-14-2012 05:45:51  
I have cut hay off my fields now for 30 plus years. I do run a few horses on it 24/7 and that is all the fertilizer I use and most years I do pretty well with the hay. Most years I get 50 plus big round bales and another 250 or so square bales and this is probably only about 20 or so acres. The exact size of the field I do not know.

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09-14-2012 18:29:46

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 Re: Maintaning a hay field in reply to old, 09-14-2012 09:16:55  
Go to and then "area calculator" and measure it. Sounds like a little over 2T which is good for no chem app. I would get a soil test every 3rd year to look at all the parameters. Best $30 investment you'll ever make.

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09-15-2012 09:32:24

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 Re: Maintaning a hay field in reply to GordoSD, 09-14-2012 18:29:46  
Gremlins removed the site info It was freemaptools dot com

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09-14-2012 19:03:07

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 Re: Maintaning a hay field in reply to GordoSD, 09-14-2012 18:29:46  
Why fix what isn't broken. I have always had a good hay yield if we have a good rain year. People in this area seem to want my hay once they buy one bale but I do also try to plant clover every other year or so and this years crop with the lack of rain was good and very heavy with lespadisa (sp)

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