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Should I grow both pasture and hay?

Hay stored in tunnels

This depends on several situations, especially on size of operation. Most operations of 50 cows or more graze and have their own hay making equipment. With only 10 to 12 animals, it is usually more economical to buy and/or let someone custom harvest your hay.

 
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Pasture with dying grass.
Filed Under: Forages, Management - Forages February 6, 2024

STARKVILLE, Miss.

Yellow buttercup weeds.
Filed Under: Weed Control for Forages, Weed Control January 26, 2024

Whether you have a large lawn, field, or pasture, you’ve probably had to deal with pesky weeds. 

A bale of round hay in a mostly empty field.
Filed Under: Forages, Management - Forages, Livestock October 20, 2023

Mississippi hay growers harvested at least 28 percent less hay this year than usual because of the drought that reached extreme levels in parts of the state. Brett Rushing, Mississippi State University Extension forage agronomist, said hay producers in the state typically get three cuttings a year, and often four if they manage well and the weather cooperates.

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