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triticale will be the least palatable......


you wont know unless you try but I would suspect the millet will get choked out. Also some species have quite waxy exteriors and do not dry out at all so not the best to be putting in a bale.
 

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Well looks like I'm going to be going with some forage oats. Supposed to be really leafy and good feed so we will see. Forgot about my fert that I had already put down so that limited me quite a bit in my options.

Now do I cut it with the swather and try get my hands on a wrapper or discbine and hope for it to dry? Has anyone ever used a tedder on a greenfeed crop to help dry time? Or would I loose to much grain by tedding then raking it?
 

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We wrapped peas and oats separately last year, cows clean up peas much better prob due to less stem. One field of oats I wrapped half and dried half they will devour the dry before everything else. Going to try oat/pea mix also but I want to undersow w/ clover (red(single cut/doublecut), white, and sweet) all on different fields leave/fall graze, soil test, spray out, seed into next year. Or take it off as hay next year then spray out, from what I've read clover adds more n after flowering. Possibly add tillage radish for tap root.
 

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Anybody tried leaving the oats dry standing, then swath and bale for feed? Will the cows just pick the grain out and leave the rest or do they clean it up? Or does the straw just get to coarse that they dont want to eat it?
 

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Why don’t you make yellowfeed. Litre of glyphosate at the milk stage. Wait 2 weeks at least and bale behind the swather. About as weather resistant as can be.
 

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That's the way I'm starting to lean a bit more is to turn it into yellow feed. Feel better about it drying standing. Wasnt to keen on spraying it but might be the best option yet.
 

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Animals will prever oats straw over other, but leaving oats till dry and then swathing and baling will have alot of grain loss.
^This (or at least it will in Aus conditions). And yep they will hammer oat straw ie lick the feeders/ground clean; when you’re putting it out good oat straw or hay you can smell the sugar and sweetness.
 

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Why don’t you make yellowfeed. Litre of glyphosate at the milk stage. Wait 2 weeks at least and bale behind the swather. About as weather resistant as can be.
Never heard of this. What is the difference in feed quality between this and say making oat hay the normal way? (at least the cows can't sue you for eating food with roundup on it:sFun_nahnahna:) Suppose this way your chances of getting rain on a swath, waiting to dry is reduced.
 

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Never heard of this. What is the difference in feed quality between this and say making oat hay the normal way? (at least the cows can't sue you for eating food with roundup on it:sFun_nahnahna:) Suppose this way your chances of getting rain on a swath, waiting to dry is reduced.
Studies done by sask ag said quality was the same. Far as glyphosate residue I don’t remember off hand but think there were no issues. I do it off and on depending on the year. You spray when you would typically cut. Some years depending on weather you wait anywhere from 10 to even 21 days.
 

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Studies done by sask ag said quality was the same. Far as glyphosate residue I don’t remember off hand but think there were no issues. I do it off and on depending on the year. You spray when you would typically cut. Some years depending on weather you wait anywhere from 10 to even 21 days.
While I have not tried the yellow feed thing it certainly would fit weather pattern around here better - the only time when you can bale dry greenfeed is on a year when it really is dry. Did have an instance a few years ago where desiccated one part of qtr(roundup) and not the other and than somebody turned cows out on it after combining The cows would walk to the furthest corner that had not been desiccated and clean it off before they would go on the desiccated part. I would not have thought it, but was pretty obvious.
 

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Have a neighbour that does the yellow feed, seems to work good. Way better than having it sit in a swath for 2 weeks hoping it doesn’t rain. Usually has to be sprayed after anyway.
 
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