First time planting hay-grazer

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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by AZAggie » Wed May 30, 2018 2:06 pm

Looks like at least thus far, I got this stuff in the ground at about the right time. It has rained a couple of times since I put it in the ground and it received about an inch of rain last night. Fortunately it also looks like it missed the 3 rounds of marble to golf ball sized hail that I got at my house last night.


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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by ClinchValley » Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:14 am

Glad to hear that! Hope it makes a lot of forage for you.

I hadn't considered the hail. I bet that would put a hurting on a field of sudan type grasses.
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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by callmefence » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:38 am

Just about to pull the trigger on this field. My grandson pictured pulled the drill on most of it.( His first haygrazer) Pretty good stand considering were in a moderate drought.


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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by Farm Fence Solutions » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:10 am

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26 days in on this project. To say we need rain would be an understatement.
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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by AZAggie » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:09 pm

28 days in on this. I'm getting just enough rain to keep it going. It was getting dry but it got about an inch and a half of rain Tuesday night.

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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by True Grit Farms » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:07 pm

AZAggie wrote:28 days in on this. I'm getting just enough rain to keep it going. It was getting dry but it got about an inch and a half of rain Tuesday night.

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Sure doesn't look like you planted it very thick. Fenceman said planting 50 lbs to the acre makes the stems and leaf thinner and he's right.
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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by Farm Fence Solutions » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:17 pm

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AZAggie wrote:28 days in on this. I'm getting just enough rain to keep it going. It was getting dry but it got about an inch and a half of rain Tuesday night.

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Sure doesn't look like you planted it very thick. Fenceman said planting 50 lbs to the acre makes the stems and leaf thinner and he's right.


Seed variety and local conditions play a hand in seed population, based on my research. 50 pounds of variety X may yield the same population as variety Y. I went with an average of my seed salesman's advice, and Fence's advice.
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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by AZAggie » Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:12 pm

I followed what the recommended planting rate said to do which was 30 lbs per acre. I went a little over that actually. Next year I'm going to up that considerably.
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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by kentuckyguy » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:23 pm

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This sorghum Sudan was broadcast seeded at 60lbs/acre and a cult I packed ran over it May 28.

I put 100lbs/acre 32-0-0 fertilizer on it June 2nd and it received its first good rain a couple days ago.

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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by True Grit Farms » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:41 pm

kentuckyguy wrote:Image

This sorghum Sudan was broadcast seeded at 60lbs/acre and a cult I packed ran over it May 28.

I put 100lbs/acre 32-0-0 fertilizer on it June 2nd and it received its first good rain a couple days ago.


Now that's a nice looking field.
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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by Allenw » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:35 pm

Image About four weeks in on this field planted on a surprise rain, didn't have enough moisture to plant any where else. Needs some fertilizer waiting to see what they say about rain the first of the week before I do.

Image This field has been planted about a week after a good rain had a good shower the other day so the rest should be up soon.

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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by kentuckyguy » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:11 pm

I ended up ordering through my local southern states for $65/bag. I found it several places online for under $40/bag but shipping was going to be as much as the seed.
To me the sorghum sudan is till pretty cheap at $50-$60/bag. It grows on our low PH soil which lowers the input cost drastically and if cut properly and a little N thrown on it after each cutting provides excellent yields.

We plan to get 3 cutting off of ours. What amazes me about sorghum sudan is its ability to grow under pretty stressful drought conditions. Once it gets going it doesn't need a lot of rain.

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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by AZAggie » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:59 am

kentuckyguy wrote:Image

This sorghum Sudan was broadcast seeded at 60lbs/acre and a cult I packed ran over it May 28.

I put 100lbs/acre 32-0-0 fertilizer on it June 2nd and it received its first good rain a couple days ago.


That is a nice looking field.
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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by kentuckyguy » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:24 pm

I just measured the field today and most of it was 14”. We haven’t had but an inch of rain since it was sowed.
Due to get some rain here the next few days. I’m hoping it makes 30-40 inches around the next dry spell. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about cutting sudan or millet for hay it’s that anytime it’s dry and close to 30” cut it.

We have had millet go from 3 to 5ft tall and have stalks bigger than corn when you get a couple weeks of wet weather. Makes baling it a nightmare.

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Re: First time planting hay-grazer

Post by AZAggie » Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:32 pm

kentuckyguy wrote:I just measured the field today and most of it was 14”. We haven’t had but an inch of rain since it was sowed.
Due to get some rain here the next few days. I’m hoping it makes 30-40 inches around the next dry spell. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about cutting sudan or millet for hay it’s that anytime it’s dry and close to 30” cut it.

We have had millet go from 3 to 5ft tall and have stalks bigger than corn when you get a couple weeks of wet weather. Makes baling it a nightmare.


That's interesting. The sudan/sorghum hybrid I planted has a web site that says to cut it at about 48"-60" for the first cutting, about 8" off the ground. We'll see how it does after that. The rain normally stops around the end of June here so I may be lucky to get it to grow back out very well. We are supposed to get a little rain here later this week. So far I've been pretty lucky regarding the rain.
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