Cutting Height in Forages: How Low Can You Go?

Cutting Height in Forages: How Low Can You Go?

Dwane Miller

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Whether you’re taking the crop as haylage or dry hay, it’s important to pay attention to forage cutting height. One of our goals as farmers is to maximize our yield; however, cutting a crop too low can lead to several negative issues. The introduction of the disk-type mowers (discbines) allows for cutting very close to the ground. I’ve seen many fields that have been “scalped” right to ground level.

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