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post #1 of 10 Old 05-21-2008, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hay.. what cutting is better?

I was wondering what cropp is better, the first, second or third cutting?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-22-2008, 08:43 AM
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i've always heard 2nd cutting is the best. (for grass hay; not sure about alfalfa)

That said, the best cutting is the one that's so thick you trip in it...with good stem, too. ;)

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post #3 of 10 Old 05-22-2008, 08:46 AM
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...me too... I've always heard 2nd cut...
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-22-2008, 10:09 AM
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I heard 1st one has more nutritions in it. Quality really depends on kind and year. I got 1st cut 2 years back and it was like straw. 1st cut last year from same place was GREAT: lots of leaves and looked more like 2nd cut.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-22-2008, 11:47 AM
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First cut tends to have more weeds in it and can be higher in sugars. Think spring grass versus summer grass. It really depends on where you live. Here on the west coast, due to the amount of rain in the spring, the 2nd cuts are usually better than the first cuts.

If you have a long growing season 3rd cuts can still be good, but again our season can be short here so the 3rd cuts tend to be cut while the grass is short.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-22-2008, 12:19 PM
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I also agree; 2nd.

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post #7 of 10 Old 05-22-2008, 12:36 PM
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LOL... I guess this is one of those things I had never really thought about before. We always get 2nd cut but I never concidered why it was called that. :roll: Just never put any thought into it I guess. But yeah... 2nd is better.

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post #8 of 10 Old 05-22-2008, 08:01 PM
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Our hay guys only do one cutting so don't have a choice. I think 1st cutting on alfalfa is best since the likelyhood of blister beetles is less. Later cuttings may have them in it and they are toxic to horses.
We get brome and prairie grass hay in this part of the country.


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post #9 of 10 Old 05-23-2008, 05:36 PM
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-24-2008, 11:40 PM
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Thanks Carrie


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