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I used a silage pea cost me $16/ bushel and they were seeded at a bushel/acre with oats at 65lbs/acre. I think they work good for swath grazing if you can keep the birds out and have a drier fall cause peas mould pretty easy.

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we seem to grow a bigger percentage of our forage as green feed every year. the tonnage (and consistency of tonnage) compared to older dryland hay stands is pretty considerable. plus its pretty sweet baling in cropland vs those bouncy old hayfields. can roll up close to 200 bales a day. crimping through the haybine sure helps with drydown and bale density, but do lose a few leaves and grain kernels.


have been doing some winter wheat (we spring graze to take some pressure off the pasture and then cut the regrowth) and then do some HRSW. the best tonnage wise is always the 40 or 50 ac where we do a mix to use up all the treated seed from the spring and will have durum / HRSW / peas / lentils. peas probably have the longest dry down.


I like HRSW for a couple reasons - I have an awnless variety (less lump jaw), I am not having to clean a drill out and do another crop switch, and if you cut at the milk stage the whole plant is very palatable compared to a rye or triticale. probably the best disease resistance too. wouldn't think that an issue in green feed but a few years back had a lot less toxin that other options. but giving up on some tonnage. We use a bale shredder and cutting green like we do the cows clean it up really well with low wastage. TDN has been 60-63 over last few years.


always a good idea to feed test green feed bales for a couple reasons - nitrates and mycotoxins, but also for calcium levels. annual forage can be quite a bit lower than grass / alfalfa, sometimes end up having to feed some hay in later gestation to keep calcium in line vs all green feed.


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Has anyone used a tedder to try improve dry down time?
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Wouldn’t hay without one
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A lot of green feed seeded in this area in recent years as an alternative to corn. Not in the same league as corn but a lot cheaper to grow. Barley and peas mixed would be my choice of green feed. Gives a softer more palatable feed with added protein. Like the idea of using up all the leftover seed from other crops seeded that year. Around this area pretty much all would be baled and wrapped. If the crop is going to take over ten days to dry down,too much feed value can be lost if it gets rained on. Cut leave a couple of days then flip over with a rake then bale the next day seems to be the way. Added expense for the wrap and wrapper but cheaper than poor quality forage.
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Wouldn’t hay without one
Even with green feed? do you notice any more grain loss beating it up a couple extra times with a tedder and then rake.
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Even with green feed? do you notice any more grain loss beating it up a couple extra times with a tedder and then rake.
We didn’t let the heads form beyond early milk so almost no losses. Most of the green feed I wrapped as silage bales. Cut one day bale 2 days later or so. 2300 pound bales 50 percent moisture. If you tedder it or rake it to dry bale it pretty much loses its colour.
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Even with green feed? do you notice any more grain loss beating it up a couple extra times with a tedder and then rake.
Greenfeed is way harder to get dry than hay, at least in the Parkland area
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We have brand new Pottinger tedders here in stock if anyone is interested 6 basket 6.80t for 19,000 and the 10 basket 10.11t with hyd fenceline adjusrment for 36,000 . Pottinger makes 4 to 12 basket tedders . We are Located in sk

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I'm going to try some greenfeed this year the way things are working out.

Barley/peas/Millet or
Oats/peas or
Triticale/peas

Is there any benefit to adding millet in with any of those combos? What yields better between the oats, barley or triticale? What's more palatable for the moo moos?

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