Crabgrass as a viable hay product

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Re: Crabgrass as a viable hay product

Post by 1982vett » Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:01 am

Looks like it could be a bit mean.
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Re: Crabgrass as a viable hay product

Post by Caustic Burno » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:24 pm

Texasmark wrote:Been pretty much a hot, drought here lately. Of the few grasses normally used for haying, Crabgrass has grown leaps and bounds around the rest in places where I don't want. nor encourage any growth....don't have it deliberately planted, nor used in the haying operation. Hear this and that about some folks bale it. Thinking about adding it, along with the old standbys to maybe improve the late summer hay crop. Seems to stem up and leaf out adequately to roll satisfactorily.

Also wondering about how it is accepted by the intended recipients...bovines and equines.

Your comments would be appreiated.
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Mark


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Re: Crabgrass as a viable hay product

Post by Texasmark » Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:41 pm

Caustic Burno wrote:
Texasmark wrote:Been pretty much a hot, drought here lately. Of the few grasses normally used for haying, Crabgrass has grown leaps and bounds around the rest in places where I don't want. nor encourage any growth....don't have it deliberately planted, nor used in the haying operation. Hear this and that about some folks bale it. Thinking about adding it, along with the old standbys to maybe improve the late summer hay crop. Seems to stem up and leaf out adequately to roll satisfactorily.

Also wondering about how it is accepted by the intended recipients...bovines and equines.

Your comments would be appreiated.
Thanks,
Mark


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Nice. How much did you get and how tall now? When did you cut it last? Thanks. Mark

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Re: Crabgrass as a viable hay product

Post by Caustic Burno » Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:50 pm

Got .86 on rain, I clipped that pasture about a month ago. Guesstimate is its 15 to 16 inches tall.
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Re: Crabgrass as a viable hay product

Post by Allenw » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:31 pm

I have a buyer for up to a thousand bale.

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