Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: central Alberta
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Seeding greenfeed directly into standing live hay?
Probably acquiring some new land, but a little too late in the growing season to spray it out and have much hope of getting a crop off it. It has a very tired hay crop on it, hasn't been fertilized for years, has a few healthy alfalfa plants, and some starving grass in between. We have more than adequate moisture right now, and supposed to get even more.
So, rather than lose the entire year, can I direct seed ( double shoot Dutch precision openers) some barley with generous fertilizer right into the hay, the existing hay plants should benefit from the fertilizer, but will the barley compete with the hay, especially since it will have first access to the fertilizer being right below the seed rows? Then greenfeed it all together. Any other crops that would compete better?
It would be a tough pull to get the drill in deep enough to seed cereals, but ground should be wet enough to make it possible if I can get enough traction.
Plan is to get it all into crop for next year, and it always seems to take me a few years to get nutrients up to par on old hay land, regardless how much is applied, so this would give it a head start.
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