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Joe in IN
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:42 am    Post subject: Oat Hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

One more question...

How long does it take oats to get tall enough to cut for hay? Probably a few days/weeks late huh??

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Oat Hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i think you would want to cut it when its in the dough stage like fescue and cut it with something that will crimp it only. i cut some poor stands of wheat once for hay and crushed and ground it mixing some other stuff with it and it made a fine feed.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Oat Hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Here in the South I'm only familiar with planting oats in the fall and cutting them in the late spring, so I would say it takes all winter to get big enough. How tall the get depends on the weather and the variety. 3 feet high would be nice.
Cut in dough stage like John said. Crimping it makes it dry faster, but it's not necessary. A hay tedder speeds drying up also.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Oat Hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I planted oats as a cover crop and took it for hay last year. At work we bought oat hay 2 years ago off a guy who cut it in the boot stage and i think it was 11 days drying with no rain. We decided to try cutting after it has headed out while it is all still green and generally can bale it four days after cutting still makes good stuff. Next year boss wants to plant March 15 and take a cut June 1. We've always planted oats in the spring around here (Ohio) so I would say you aren't late just early. We see what the weather brings, sometimes fertilize, and never had trouble with it being to short. Hope this helps. Jared
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:33 am    Post subject: Re: Oat Hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Keep in mind that if you bale it after it has headed it invites rodents BIG time where ever you store it.
 
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