I live in Massachusetts. Two falls ago, a lessee planted rye in
my fields after years of corn. Last year, he let it go by so that
the weeds finally came through. This spring, when he didn’t
return, I put in Sudan grass to try to slow down the weeds. I've
harvested that and just finished tilling it in. I'd like to put
in hay for feed. Can I get away with it this late? If not, any ideas?
Thanks for any suggestions,
Sorry for the late response; I’ve been traveling. Even as
of Oct. 5, it’s really too late to get hay started. You could
try timothy grass hay that would work this late, then frost seed
something on top in early spring to get a good grass/legume mix.
You could also plant the timothy with wheat at this time of the
year. If none of that suits you, you’ll need to think of rye
again or maybe a late planting of spring oats that will winter kill,
leaving a nice clean start for spring yet protecting the soil through
Good Luck and thanks for your patience,
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