A 10 acre portion of that pasture I talked about in the last post just yielded 24 round bale of hay comprised mostly of bahaia grass. We expect to get at least half as much in the Fall following more rain throughout the summer months.
The only off farm input was lime and water from November 2011 onward. Before that we had about 18 head of cattle on the whole 40 acres, so they provided the nitrogen. Soil tests revealed we are still deficient in nitrogen (about 1 ton/A), and P and K.
I know a lot of folks in the beyond organic crowd frown on hay production with regards to pasture renovation, but we need to do something to keep the land in ag use for taxation purposes since we no longer have cows on the place. This was an easy, no-cost fix (someone else baled for half the hay).
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