Foxtail

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Foxtail

Post by HDRider » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:34 am

I have about 25 acres overrun with foxtail. I sure don't like the cure described here.

https://extension.oregonstate.edu/crop- ... -hayground

What do you guys do?


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Re: Foxtail

Post by Bright Raven » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:41 am

If you have a good competitive stand of say fescue, red clover, ledino clover and orchard grass - foxtail does not seem to take over. But if the soil is poorer, it can takeover later in the summer. I have some poorer ground in some areas and the grasses and legumes don't seem to come in strong enough to out compete the foxtail. Late in the summer like about now, that foxtail dominates. I just mow it because I don't want to start over.
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Re: Foxtail

Post by Rajela » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:53 am

Mow it before it goes to seed....

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Re: Foxtail

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:58 am

HDRider wrote:I have about 25 acres overrun with foxtail. I sure don't like the cure described here.

https://extension.oregonstate.edu/crop- ... -hayground

What do you guys do?


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Re: Foxtail

Post by bball » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:30 am

Graze it. Cows will eat it while the heads are green. Or mowing before it goes to seed. Which variety are you seeing?
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Re: Foxtail

Post by M.Magis » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:13 am

Around here, it's just a weird year for foxtail. Not sure of the variety we're seeing, but it's less than 1' tall. But it's EVERYWHERE. My hay fields, all the neighbors hay fields, pastures, my yard, school yards, it's everywhere you look. And not a little bit, but it's a sea of fuzzy seed heads all around.

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Re: Foxtail

Post by Bright Raven » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:20 am

M.Magis wrote:Around here, it's just a weird year for foxtail. Not sure of the variety we're seeing, but it's less than 1' tall. But it's EVERYWHERE. My hay fields, all the neighbors hay fields, pastures, my yard, school yards, it's everywhere you look. And not a little bit, but it's a sea of fuzzy seed heads all around.


Same identical conditions here!!!
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Re: Foxtail

Post by bball » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:30 am

Bright Raven wrote:
M.Magis wrote:Around here, it's just a weird year for foxtail. Not sure of the variety we're seeing, but it's less than 1' tall. But it's EVERYWHERE. My hay fields, all the neighbors hay fields, pastures, my yard, school yards, it's everywhere you look. And not a little bit, but it's a sea of fuzzy seed heads all around.


Same identical conditions here!!!


I bet it's the extra moist year we have had.
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Re: Foxtail

Post by kentuckyguy » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:27 am

We had lots of it this year in the hay fields. I just baled it.Image

We have it every year but not near the amount we do right now.

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Re: Foxtail

Post by Texasmark » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:30 am

kentuckyguy wrote:We had lots of it this year in the hay fields. I just baled it.Image

We have it every year but not near the amount we do right now.


That's a nice stand...looks like you are runnlng a drum mower like my hay cutter. I didn't go nuts with nutrients so I don't know it's full potential...looks like you are seeing it in your fields. Great. What I had was unsatisfactory for hay and grazing. Like others said, keep some stiff competition and it will behave. Never was enough of a nuisance to worry about deliberate eradication.....makes good ground cover (on it's own) if you aren't using the field and don't want any erosion.

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Re: Foxtail

Post by kentuckyguy » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:28 am

Yes we use a drum mower. Definitely one of the best purchases we have ever made. It’s by far the most reliable piece of equipment we own.

That part of the field was the thickest with foxtail but it’s not normally than thick. Must be the rain forest like weather we have had this summer.

Anyone else notice how good the foxtail smells when it’s cut? Every time I hit that part of the field the smell wa very strong.

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Re: Foxtail

Post by BlondeD » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:58 pm

......I've started the spray down and renovation route......on a paddock by paddock basis....after controlling the broadleafs, the foxtail has come on extra strong. I've got a winter cover crop just drilled in Friday waiting on rain, then next spring/summer I anticipate more burn down 2x I hope

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Re: Foxtail

Post by sim.-ang.king » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:52 pm

Cut early cut often.

It's quail's best friend though, just remember that when your trying to kill it.
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Re: Foxtail

Post by BFE » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:31 am

Many a cow have been wintered on foxtail hay in this part of the world. Like all hay, timing is important, best to cut when you first start seeing heads.

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Re: Foxtail

Post by HDRider » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:44 pm

M.Magis wrote:Around here, it's just a weird year for foxtail. Not sure of the variety we're seeing, but it's less than 1' tall. But it's EVERYWHERE. My hay fields, all the neighbors hay fields, pastures, my yard, school yards, it's everywhere you look. And not a little bit, but it's a sea of fuzzy seed heads all around.

Same thing here
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