What can I plant for hay this year?

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What can I plant for hay this year?

Postby tom4018 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:02 am

We reseeded 2 fields last fall, it came up then got dry. Long story short one filed has a fair stand and the other is very poor.

What can I plant late May or June to get some hay cut this year? It will probably be that long before I can run a no till drill across it. I know I can do soybeans but wondering what other options there are. I want to try and drill some permanent grass into it again this fall. Like to keep the costs down as much as possible since I need to reseed again in the fall. This will have to be round bales and possible covered with a tarp.
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Re: What can I plant for hay this year?

Postby rollinhills » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:40 am

I’ve got exactly the same problem. Sowed 35ac got little to no stand. I think I’m going to sow Sudan grass, been using pearl millet and really like it,but it doesn’t seem to hold up to traffic too well.
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Re: What can I plant for hay this year?

Postby sim.-ang.king » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:04 pm

Sudan or millet would work. If you want a legume, you could try planting beans. They take about as long as Sudan to dry down, and are hard to handle, but make a lot of pounds of protien per acre..
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Re: What can I plant for hay this year?

Postby tom4018 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:23 pm

sim.-ang.king wrote:Sudan or millet would work. If you want a legume, you could try planting beans. They take about as long as Sudan to dry down, and are hard to handle, but make a lot of pounds of protien per acre..

Does mullet dry down easier than beans?
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Re: What can I plant for hay this year?

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:38 pm

Nothing that'll grow if it keeps snowing once a week.
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Re: What can I plant for hay this year?

Postby 1wlimo » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:49 pm

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:Nothing that'll grow if it keeps snowing once a week.


Think we will have to just plant into the snow
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Re: What can I plant for hay this year?

Postby sim.-ang.king » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:58 pm

tom4018 wrote:
sim.-ang.king wrote:Sudan or millet would work. If you want a legume, you could try planting beans. They take about as long as Sudan to dry down, and are hard to handle, but make a lot of pounds of protien per acre..

Does mullet dry down easier than beans?

Never grown millet, just sudan, so i couldn't tell you.
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