Jordan Holland wrote:I read in the book "Iverch und Unter" the best time to mow perennial weeds is in July. The first half of the season, the roots feed the greens. Then when the days start shortening, the greens feed the roots. Mowing in July stresses the plant as much as possible by depleting it's roots' energy reserves and not allowing them to replenish properly. Makes sense to me, though I suspect some weeds may be too hearty to succumb in one application.
Christopher Shepherd wrote:If it has alfalfa in it already the new seed will not germinate well. We usually will grow corn, then sorghum and then back to alfalfa. I would check the ph and adjust if needed. Alfalfa seems to like a higher ph. After mowing hay 2 weeks ago the dry ground only let the alfalfa come back with its deep roots. We do get some winters here that it will pull the alfalfa out of the ground with freeze and thaw and kill it, so we leave it long in the fall.
Bernard Welm wrote:I would suggest trying to talk to some neighbors. It sounds like you have most of the ability to cut and bail the hay your self. It still may be more profitable to talk with a neighbor and ask if you can borrow/rent their equipment rather then building something for your self. Especially if you just need to borrow a mower rather then a tractor and mower. That would very likely be the cheaper way to get the hay done.
I do not have any equipment but I am able to get neighbors to cut and bail my hay for about $1 per small bale. That is a LOT of small bales before reaching $2500.