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Oh boy. That is about impossible. You would have to cut it before boot stage, but then you won’t have straw, but oat hay instead. Well, you will have junk oat hay because at that stage oats refuses to dry all the way down.
 

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Or leave it for 4 months after it's matured and hope the wind blows the seeds out of the heads....But of course that would risk multiple rains and unfavorable weather which would lead to staining of the standing straw.
 

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All straw down here gets used for erosion control, none for bedding. One neighbor I bale behind always plants more than he needs so he combines till his bins are full then I cut the rest with my hay mower. I am only interested in the straw and I would wait until it dries down on its own then cut rake and bale same day, that helps keep mother nature out of the picture.
 
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