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#1 msr976

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 06:02 PM

I recently purchased some property and has about 52 acres of open hay field.  I put fertilizer and potash on the 52 acres after my first cut.  The timing couldn't have been better, since it rained the next day.  I currently have coastal bermuda and it looks beautiful right now.  I don't think we are going to get anymore rain and I'm afraid the heat may hurt the grass.  How long can coastal handle 100 degree weather before I start to have problems?  I have a guy that is going to cut and bale the hay sometime late next week.  Any recommendations or advice?



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 08:31 PM

What kind of advice are looking for? Are you going to feed the hay yourself or are you going to sell it? How many days since the last cutting?

IMO, a few days of hot weather isn't going to do much if any harm.:.sounds like it's going to get cut next week so I wouldn't worry too much.
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#3 stilsonian

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 08:56 PM

Coastal is pretty drought tolerant if that's what you're worried about. The heat itself will have no measurable affect on it, esp. if it's gonna be cut in 10 days or so. I wouldn't worry about a thing.


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#4 msr976

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 09:43 PM

I'm selling the hay and the last cutting was about a month ago.  I know it can take some heat, but I just wanted to be sure about this since I put a good amount of money on the fertilizer.  I got it tested and was told it was 19% protein (test results came back today).  It sounds pretty good to me.  Not trying to advertise, but here is what I have http://www.whitneytxhay.com.  The grass is probably about 2 feet tall by now.  



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 10:10 PM

I appreciate the feedback.  It sounds like I'm in the clear on ruining the expensive grass.  Any other feedback is welcome.  Again, I apologize if you think the link is spam.  Just wanted you to see what I am working with.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:14 AM

Don't want you to think that heat will not burn it up, but it's unlikely if the field is established.....them roots is deep. On a new planting, which I'm sure this is not, they can burn up....on a field that has seen no potash in years and routinely cut for hay, they can burn up....but generally speaking, you'll be fine. Don't expect that 19% to be there when all is said and done.....good luck and welcome to haytalk

#7 msr976

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:57 PM

Thanks for the advice guys.  I'll ride it out and see how it goes.







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