Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons
Alfalfa is a relatively short lived plant. Typically the field will last 6-8 years before it has to be replanted. That's because alfalfa does not reseed itself like grass does. If it's dying out, just let it. If you aren't grazing it until winter, the alfalfa is going to be rather stemmy, mature sticks of low nutritional value. (all the leaves will of long fallen off). The benefit to your grasses having the alfalfa mixed in is the alfalfa binds N and reduces the need to add additional N in the form of fertilizer saving your $$ and work. If you plow the field under to get rid of it, you will loose use of the field and the crop it produces for a minimum of this year, incur the cost of reseeding and plowing as well as create an opportunity for weeds to set in. If you absolutely have to get rid of it, spray the field with an appropriate broadleaf herbicide. It will kill everything it is formulated to kill that is NOT a grass. Your grass will be safe to graze typically in as little as 3 days depending upon the product, but I prefer to wait for a good rain. You can then overseed your field to increase the density of the grass plants and introduce better grasses.
Very well said^^^.
Also alfalfa doesn't take to grazing well. It's probly near the end of its lively hood and grazing alone may finish it off.
You could take the aggressive hands on option, or, something more passive and beneficial. Such as, do you know anyone with a thin horse that could benefit from the alfalfa and grazing? Or a horse that's gone buddy/barn sour that could use a lil time in solitary? Or a calf to mow it and finish, then eat said calf? The list could go on...
I guess I'd rather see the available forage used, rather then destroyed. Especially the way things are these days.
We've put our horses in unused cow pasture of a friends just to mow and they get all fat an happy. Posted via Mobile Device