I live in northeast Walnut, Mississippi (20 miles west of Corinth)
and have a top-ridge farm. I have mostly fescue with some Bermuda.
There was [Sericea] lespedezia, but that
was killed with last year's spraying for broadleaf weeds.
There are about 60 acres where I want to grow hay for horses.
Fescue and horse people don't mix here, and I have heard stories
about red clover, alfalfa, orchard grass, T44, and so forth. What
I need is the best cash crop for the area for the horse customers
(all square baling).
I don't mind putting in the effort now as this is part of my retirement
Thanks for your guidance and advice,
I don't have any firsthand experience with Mississippi agriculture,
so I can't tell you what will grow well for you. But I can tell
you what folks here in Pennsylvania grow for horses and the types
of crops we produce. Most horse folks are looking for quality in
any hay they buy. That means the bright green color of young hay
cut and made at the right time. Most want a mixture of grass and
legumes. For us that means timothy and alfalfa. While I can sell
other mixes, this is the one that does the best for me. I know we
do alright with orchard grass, but we tend to stay away from clover
and fescue. Talk to your county Extenstion agent to find varieties
that will grow well in your part of the country, and pay attention
to that quality issue.
Hope that helps,
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