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post #1 of 22 Old 07-15-2011, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Hay with weeds

Is it common to have weeds in hay? The last load I got last year (I supplement my horses through the summer because we don't have enough grass) has quite a bit of weed in it (just one kind, don't know the name but it looks long and thick). So they obviously spread it all around, so I clean up the hay almost every time I give them some (to reduce the waste). On other hand they LOVE this hay and besides the weed it's all gone by the end of the night. I never had such weedy hay before (I deal with just one same supplier for number of years already), so... Should I mention it to him? Should I change the supplier? I mean, it's not fun to trash some as well as clean those out every time I feed.

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I would ask my supplier what happened with that load. It sucks that your throwing away money via hay but at least your horses arent eating the weeds.
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I've seen a weedy field again this year, so when I going to buy extra I'll tell him I don't need those with weeds.

I can't really say it's a HUGE waste, still very unpleasant...

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Yes. Hay has weeds.
Not unusual at all.

Like everything else (your lawn, your garden, your driveway, the hedge row, etc) hay fields have weeds.

What weeds thrive can change from year to year depending on weather, etc.
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Like everything else (your lawn, your garden, your driveway, the hedge row, etc) hay fields have weeds.
AB, I do understand any grass has weeds (whether it's timothy, orchard, or my backyard). However from what I was told (by the farmer) they use some kind of weed killer on hay fields to take care of weeds. Does it mean this particular weed is resistant to the killer? I do expect to find some weeds in hay, but not 1/5 - 1/4 of the bale for some bales.

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I will use my lawn as an example (it is just easier).
Mr. AB (a lawn person, sigh) puts weed-b-gone on the lawn. Weed-b-gone is a broad leaf killer. This is why it does not kill the grass, just the weeds. But some things that a lawn person considers a weed are not broad leaf. Darn weeds are smarter than we think they are. So the weed-b-gone kills the dandelions and some of the clover but not everything.

If your farmer puts a weed killer on a timothy hay field it is probably some form of broad lead killer. Though it kills many things, it does not kill everything.

Also, there are just some areas that get lots of weeds. Are all your bales full of weeds or just some bales?

One end of my hay field has this grass that Mr. AB and his farmer friend call June grass (no idea what it is really called). Really fine grass that grows fast and dies early. The horses will not eat it. Weed killer does not take it out. For those bales I clean up more waste.


If you truly do not like the hay you got from that field, mention it to your hay guy. I have yet to meet a hay guy who does not know what field is piled where in his barn.
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I know my hay supplier does her round bales in the weedier areas because those are going to cattle but does sq for horse hay. I know that doesnt help much but maybe it will give you something to ask your supplier about?
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Talk to your supplier.
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I will use my lawn as an example (it is just easier).
Mr. AB (a lawn person, sigh) puts weed-b-gone on the lawn. Weed-b-gone is a broad leaf killer. This is why it does not kill the grass, just the weeds. But some things that a lawn person considers a weed are not broad leaf. Darn weeds are smarter than we think they are. So the weed-b-gone kills the dandelions and some of the clover but not everything.

If your farmer puts a weed killer on a timothy hay field it is probably some form of broad lead killer. Though it kills many things, it does not kill everything.

Also, there are just some areas that get lots of weeds. Are all your bales full of weeds or just some bales?

One end of my hay field has this grass that Mr. AB and his farmer friend call June grass (no idea what it is really called). Really fine grass that grows fast and dies early. The horses will not eat it. Weed killer does not take it out. For those bales I clean up more waste.


If you truly do not like the hay you got from that field, mention it to your hay guy. I have yet to meet a hay guy who does not know what field is piled where in his barn.
I see. Thanks for explaining!

Well, looks like the whole load is pretty full of it (like 80 bales or so). Some has definitely a lot, some less, but all do (unfortunately). I NEVER had anything like that from him in past (I buy hay from same guy for 4 years already), and that's why I started the thread in 1st place. But may be the year was not lucky (for weeds) or something. I'll ask him next time I buy why and if I have to expect it this year again.

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If the whole load is bad do call him up and talk to him about it. Hay costs good money. If there is a ton of weed that the horses are not eating you are not getting what you paid for.
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