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fordflunky
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:52 am    Post subject: Getting rid of Ironweed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Wanting to turn some pasture ground into hay ground. Will plowing the ground get rid of ironweed and other weeds or will they just come back up? Thanks in advance
 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ironweed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I dont think dynamite will stop ironweed.

I've slowed it down mowing. If you cut it when it heads but before it shows purple you can thin it out. In most of my converted hay fields its almost gone.

What I do to convert a hay field is to either make it sick with gramoxone and drill into it or just mow and drill. It depends on the species you want. Thats they way I do mine at least, except for alfalfa. Then, I fertilize it and mow it like hay. Those are probably my most profitable fields, some of them were a mix of fescue, orchardgrass, bluegrass, and timothy. I've drilled redclover and timothy in them for years. When nitrogen is competitive I've just hit them in March and July with 50-60 pounds actual N. Some of those fields havent been killed out in the 20 years I've had the farm.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:45 am    Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ironweed Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Kyhayman[/quote] Those are probably my most profitable fields, some of them were a mix of fescue, orchardgrass, bluegrass, and timothy.

Does Bluegrass make good hay as this is first time I've not seen it mentioned for hay?

Thanks,Jim
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:02 am    Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ironweed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It makes incredibly high quality hay, however in a pure stand its low yielding.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: Getting rid of Ironweed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We have a problem with them in pastures, especially in draws or low places. I sprayed some with a cocktail mix of 2,4-D with Tordon 22K and I got about a 90% kill. Sprayed in spring when weeds were young. They aren't as much of a problem in our native grass hay meadows probably due to them being cut off before seeding.
 
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