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Soybeans and Millet hay

Post by HatCreekFan » Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:18 am

Has anyone else baled up millet and soybeans for hay? If so, when did you cut it? Any feedback/ideas would be great.

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Re: Soybeans and Millet hay

Post by MikeC » Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:30 am

HatCreekFan wrote:Has anyone else baled up millet and soybeans for hay? If so, when did you cut it? Any feedback/ideas would be great.

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Jessica


September here. It usually is great weather for haying (hot and dry) that time of year. Be sure and cut before the beans mature or you will lose them when cutting, raking, etc. When the seed pods are about halfway filled out has worked best for me.

Highly recommend the "Tyrone" variety in the south. They get over 6 feet tall and don't get shaded out by the millet.
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Post by HatCreekFan » Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:44 pm

I'm not sure on the bean variety, but I know that it's foxtail millet. The millet is just beginning to head out - less than 10% of the 15 ac. we have sown - and the beans are just beginning to bloom. I didn't know if there was a prime time to cut in order to not lose too much.

Would it be better to cut it with a discbine (with roller crimpers) or a discmower? Would the discbine squish out the beans or help everything cure?

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Post by Crowderfarms » Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:47 pm

Laredo Soybeans and Brown Top Millet are both good.
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Post by MikeC » Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:10 pm

HatCreekFan wrote:I'm not sure on the bean variety, but I know that it's foxtail millet. The millet is just beginning to head out - less than 10% of the 15 ac. we have sown - and the beans are just beginning to bloom. I didn't know if there was a prime time to cut in order to not lose too much.

Would it be better to cut it with a discbine (with roller crimpers) or a discmower? Would the discbine squish out the beans or help everything cure?


If you only have 10% in millet, wait for the beans to mature ( but not fully) to cut. Both beans and millet are not going to be ready both at the optimum time. I use a disc cutter with crimper. Just don't let the beans become mature and start to dry out. When the leaves on the bottom of the bean plants start to yellow, and the bean pods are starting to swell, it's time to cut. There is a large window of opportunity (time) for quality hay but you had rather cut too early than too late.
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Post by Muratic » Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:14 pm

Mike, do you dry the hay or wrap it?
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Post by HatCreekFan » Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:17 pm

Thanks MikeC. As I read through your reponse, I realized I was unclear, though. Roughly 10% of the millet in the field is headed out - not that there is only 10% of the entire field in millet. There is probably half and half sown in beans and millet. Sorry for the mix-up in words.

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Post by MikeC » Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:23 pm

Muratic wrote:Mike, do you dry the hay or wrap it?


Dry it and roll it.

Wouldn't work to cut it here now with 75% humidity.

I for got to mention that this hay NEEDS to be put under a shed. The coarseness of the vines allow for lots of water saturation when sitting outside.
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Post by Muratic » Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:24 pm

What %protein does is average?
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Post by MikeC » Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:33 pm

Muratic wrote:What %protein does is average?


The only time I have ever had it tested was 14%.

But it's the "Fat" content that helps in feeding those babies.
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