Fall cutting: Balancing the need for hay and stand health

A common question this time of year is, "Can I take another cutting of hay?" Taking a late cutting after alfalfa has gone dormant offers many positives, but does require proper management to reduce negative impacts on the stand. A dormant cutting adds to the grower’s hay supply and can reduce winter dam­­age from mice and voles. The risk is increasing winter kill by exposing crowns to more ...

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