Sweet Clover

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Sweet Clover

Post by Silver » Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:55 pm

Sure wish the fields would have dried up sooner so I could have cut this before it got so far ahead of me. But I'll get it wrapped in plastic soon I hope.




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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by wbvs58 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:24 am

Gee, that thing cuts well Silver.

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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by callmefence » Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:53 am

We get alot of fence work from folks cutting the outside pass that fast.
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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by 1982vett » Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:00 am

callmefence wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:53 am
We get alot of fence work from folks cutting the outside pass that fast.
:lol: I was thinking it would be nice if we could drive that fast on our highways...would be nice to have land that smooth. :D

Oh yeah, I can grow mustard that tall, but not sweet clover. :secret:
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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by Stocker Steve » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:17 am

Why do you grow sweet clover?
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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by Silver » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:26 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
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Why do you grow sweet clover?
For the soil. Incredibly deep roots will bring minerals up to surface that other crops would have never reached, fix nitrogen, improve soil structure, all while providing a good product for silage. I will kill it this fall and plow it under.

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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by Stocker Steve » Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:59 pm

Folks used to grow it for plow down here. Why do you have to kill it before plowing it under?

How does it measure up for cattle feed?
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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by Silver » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:53 am

Stocker Steve wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:59 pm
Folks used to grow it for plow down here. Why do you have to kill it before plowing it under?

How does it measure up for cattle feed?
It measures up very similar to alfalfa as a cattle feed.
I will kill it out because this field has too much quack grass and some thistle I want to get rid of so Roundup will be the order of the day. I think that spraying it out will speed up the root decay as well. Plus the fact that I don’t want a hay field with straggler sweet clover plants coming up in for years to come. Aesthetics I suppose.

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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by Silver » Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:01 am

callmefence wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:53 am
We get alot of fence work from folks cutting the outside pass that fast.
I build and repair my own fences. I’m not very good at it and I don’t enjoy it, so with that as motivation I have yet to hit a fence with a haybine.

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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:29 am

Silver wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:01 am
callmefence wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:53 am
We get alot of fence work from folks cutting the outside pass that fast.
I build and repair my own fences. I’m not very good at it and I don’t enjoy it, so with that as motivation I have yet to hit a fence with a haybine.
I know a guy who hit a fence with a disc bine. Those bad boys can cut off a small post. :nod:
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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by Nesikep » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:49 pm

my dad has hit the fence line numerous times, haybine has the scars to prove it.. as well as irrigaton pipe there that got holes punched in it every 6 inches from the cutterbar
I just don't get too greedy with cutting close, that extra bale is an expensive gamble
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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by Dave » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:07 pm

Last summer the neighbor's daughter took out two irrigation risers with the swather. And she never knew that she did it or at least that was her story.

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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:58 pm

Dave wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:07 pm
Last summer the neighbor's daughter took out two irrigation risers with the swather. And she never knew that she did it or at least that was her story.
A well built swather. What brand?
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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by Dave » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:39 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:58 pm
Dave wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:07 pm
Last summer the neighbor's daughter took out two irrigation risers with the swather. And she never knew that she did it or at least that was her story.
A well built swather. What brand?
Massey Ferguson with disc cutter. I don't know the model but it is a big one. 16 foot header.

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Re: Sweet Clover

Post by callmefence » Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:37 pm

Silver wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:01 am
callmefence wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:53 am
We get alot of fence work from folks cutting the outside pass that fast.
I build and repair my own fences. I’m not very good at it and I don’t enjoy it, so with that as motivation I have yet to hit a fence with a haybine.
Learning to self motivate is important.
Iirc you've got a few head and feed 200 days per year
I reckon you gotta haul azz.
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