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What’s a good alfalfa- grass mix for hay

Would like to put some hay into a crop rotation- are you able to get a cut in your first year- I’m not a cattle man- what is a good mixture for seed-thks

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I always buy straight seed and then mix my own to suit the requirements. Was never a fan of the premixes.
I have a small vertical mixer I use specifically for grass due to the chemicals in the treatment.

As for getting a crop the first year, alfalfa seeded on the early side with decent moisture and no nurse crop it can be done, no screaming **** but def worth cutting and baling provided the stars aligned lol.
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I do the same as ABbuck, buy straight seed and make my own blend. Been going with 70 alfalfa, 25 brome, and 5 timothy. Been pretty good for me.

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Would like to put some hay into a crop rotation- are you able to get a cut in your first year- Iím not a cattle man- what is a good mixture for seed-thks
You're probably going to want tap root alfalfa and smooth brome. Maybe 6 lbs alfalfa and 3 or 4 lbs brome. If you have wet ground or wet spots mix in up to a pound of Timothy. A good way to blend is to get it custom blended with granular phosphate fertilizer at your fertilizer dealer.

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Haha, we put in a little over a hundred acres this year and cut it a just over a week ago. Well it wasn't the stars that aligned, it was the rain clouds.
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As the guys have said, wetter ground some Timothy is nice. Italian rye can yield in the first year, but will peter out in a couple years.

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I seed straight alfalfa at 14lbs/ac. Smooth brome is a weed here and comes back on its own and takes over eventually. The advantage to having some grass is the cut hay dries faster. I used to add timothy but stopped.
We only get one cut here and never in the establishment year.
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Yeah brome will make its way back in over time i seed straight alfalfa on Irrigation
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