Originally Posted by natisha
I believe the beetles like the flowering alfalfa. So hay cut before flowering is safe to feed.
Thankfully we don't have blister beetles in WI.
ah right something about the flowers, I do remember that. I'm from OK originally and we always fed alfalfa and never had any problems. This is years and years....wed get ours from wherever was cheapest and would give us a cheap price to pick up in the field. Having 3 kids in the family our labor what dirt cheap LOL (read free) never did I even hear of someone else having problems with this....
Coming from a big alfalfa state im assuming that the old time farmers just knew
about the beetles. And knew how to avoid poisoning the horses with their hay. Lucky for me casue I didn't have a CLUE as a kid that it was ever a problem. If a bunch of horses dies on one farm I'd have to think they were new to alfalfa and just baled or cut it improperly or at the wrong time and that was that.