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Nurse crop for Alfalfa
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Posted 7/11/2019 13:48 (#7608923 - in reply to #7608758)
Subject: RE: Nurse crop for Alfalfa


NW IA
No longer use a nurse crop. But when I had dairy cows to use it I planted succotash (1/3 each oats, barley, wheat) and chopped it into a bag. This kept the "nurse" from being a killer.

I had had the same issue as you with oats for grain going down. Also felt the hay seeding was struggling to survive under the oats, whether wet, dry, or just right, even if it stood.

The succotash was supposed to yield and stand better than any one of the components would have alone. I believe it did, but would not care to go further than milk stage to get anything off and out of competition with, in my case, alfalfa and OG.

Never tried succotash as baleage but assume it would work.
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