ASK Jeff: The Rodale Institute’s farm manager, Jeff Moyer, answers your hardcore farming questions

Can I feed soy hay to my horses?

Posted February 16, 2007

What Jeff brings to the table

Jeff Moyer, who’s been the farm manager here at the 333-acre Rodale Institute research farm for more than a quarter of a century, receives lots of mail from farmers just like you asking for advice. Jeff’s hands-in-the-dirt experience over the past 26 years has run the gamut from refining the farm's cover cropping and crop rotation systems (including managing 270 acres in a rotation of corn, small grains, hay, and edible soy beans for a Japanese market) to overseeing The Rodale Institue Farming Systems Trial®, the world’s longest running side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional agriculture. We thought it would be fun and informative to share some of these farmer-to-farmer exchanges, and Jeff’s practical wisdom, with our readers … and we’ll be doing it on a regular basis.

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Dear Jeff,

We have a shortage of hay around here due to drought last summer. I know someone who has a good supply of soy hay, but I don't know if that is okay for horses. We still have a little alfalfa but are feeding cubes to make it stretch.

Nancy Leonard


Dear Nancy,

I must admit that while I own horses myself, I have no experience with feeding soybean hay. I would suggest you contact Missouri State College of Equine Science to get the best local expert advice.