Consider Next Year’s Crop Before You Cut Your Alfalfa

We’ve talked a lot about the effect of the extreme hot and dry weather on Ontario corn and soybean producers, but forage crops have taken a huge hit as well. That damage has been softened a bit lately by the effects of much needed rains, but it also leaves producers in a spot where they have to do some forward thinking as to when is best cut that hay.

As Peter Johnson of OMAFRA explains, the new growth spurred on by the rain puts that alfalfa cutting date right in the middle of the critical harvest period. Cutting an already beat up crop at that stage will have a cumulative effect on next years crop. RealAgriculture talked to Peter about what options farmers have to get the forage they need and avoid damaging next year’s crop.

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