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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 7:02 pm    Post subject: Hay field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Wanting to add alfalfa to existing hay
field can u drill it in no till will it
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 7:45 am    Post subject: Re: Hay field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No. Maybe try orchard grass
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 8:42 am    Post subject: Re: Hay field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The hay will outgrow the alfalfa, and steal all the moisture, shade out and smoother the new alfalfa.The slow growing young alfalfa won?t have a chance.

It can work if you catch a wet period of several weeks and you really rough up the grass, kill half of it, then get lucky that it catches and the moisture continues. You would have to reduce your hay sod to an oats cover crop in density and growth, which means you won?t have much first cutting hay to baby the alfalfa along.

Not worth the gamble, but someone will say they did it and it worked once. So it is possible, but not a good plan to depend upon.....

I did that to my pasture once, ran a thin field cultivator through it and flung grazing alfalfa seed and fert on it and dragged it. By beating up the grass some of the alfalfa caught and grew, but the results were not impressive after 6 months,, would have been better to solid seed alfalfa on worked ground in strips as grass grows back in on its own as the alfalfa year by year thins.

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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 9:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Hay field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Alfalfa is not a good thing to try to enterseed into anything. Especially grass. I am not saying you won't get any of it to grow, but I really don't see the point because it is not going to do well at all competing against the grass. And if haying, the grass and alfalfa not going to be ready to hay at the same time. And alfalfa needs to be put up multiple times a year, and your grass needs to be left alone after haying and not clipped off again later on.

Best way to plant alfalfa is to work ground down to almost a powder. Spread seed with an alfalfa seeder, and lightly cover with a drag chain.
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