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#1 TomFrz



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Posted 22 February 2021 - 03:16 PM



New to the forum and new to producing my own hay crop and would appreciate any help. So, I recently purchased a quarter of land back in 2017. This will be my 5th year farming it for a hay crop. The previous 4 seedings all consisted of oats or barley. I am looking for a better rotation to improve soil health and control weeds which were quite bad last year. This is my only piece of farm-able land so I am pretty limited on what I can do. The quarter is usually fall grazed as well. I need a consistent hay crop(weather permitting) each year and I am just not quite sure what is all out there for forage options. Must be beef cattle and sheep friendly forages. At this time I don't want to tie the land up with an Alfalfa and I cant take the chance of a lost production year for alfalfa to grow let alone the initial cost. A fall cover crop is not out of the question either. I am located in central/western North Dakota.  I am open to any help and suggestions. Thank You

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