Should I burn off my old, unharvested hay or chop it back onto the field?

Should I burn off my old, unharvested hay or chop it back onto the field?

Jim Isleib

Michigan State University

It was a tough year to make quality hay. On some Michigan farms, 2017 was an impossible year and the hay never got made, even though plant growth was excellent. Saturated clay soils through much of the summer prevented hay harvest altogether in some areas of the eastern Upper Peninsula. The result was relatively thick stands of over-mature timothy/trefoil hay. No profitable local market exists for this very low quality hay.

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