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breaking mole infested pasture

I'm going to be breaking a quarter next spring that has been seeded down to hay and pasture for about 10 years. It is mole infested and very rough. The plan is 1L of glyphosate this week and see what it looks like in the spring.
If I get a good kill can I direct seed into it next spring (probably oats for greenfeed or silage) or do I need tillage to get rid of the moles?

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probably need some tillage at least .... a good medium tandem disc or similar ??


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Around here people have had very good results spraying in the fall and again in the spring. Then direct seed .I combined a 130 bus. oat crop for my brother in the first year.
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I broke up 200 acres of similar hay land. Not saying this is what you need to do, but I spiked it once then applied nh3 with spikes, so worked it twice with spikes. Next year you could count the mole hills on one hand.
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Tillage followed by NH3 applied seems to kill them real good. They usually come to the surface on the next pass. You can see them gasp for air.
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Funny you say about nh3 ridding the moles. Years back we had some pasture which was not doing so well and I went in with the nh3 spikes in the spring. Wasn’t any gophers on that piece for years. If I had a roller would’ve been the cats meow.
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In my experience if you want to direct seed into sod you need to spray as early in august as you can so the sod has time to rot in the fall. I then float a couple of times in the spring and respray befor I seed. This will generally work as sod will break down better when dead and not work-up (and has
some moisture). You will know its worked if the float really cuts in to the sod lumps and turns the feild black...
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Tillage followed by NH3 applied seems to kill them real good. They usually come to the surface on the next pass. You can see them gasp for air.
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