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We work hard on our stand of Jiggs bermudagrass to keep weeds and other grasses out of the field. Cows and horses love a good bermudagrass hay. The Jiggs variety is leafy, fine-stemmed, and heat- and drought-resistant. That doesn't mean we think other common Southeast Texas forage grasses don't make good hay.
Haygrazer, Gordo Bluestem, and even the dreaded Johnsongrass can make healthy, nutritious, palatable hay if it's cut and baled in good condition and at the right maturity. We leased this field a couple of years ago; it's Jiggs bermudagrass mixed with Gordo and Johnsongrass.
We're trying to make the field go back to bermudagrass, but that will take some work. In the meantime we're making some really good mixed grass bales off of the field. Bermudagrass, Gordo and Johnsongrass are all optimal at 4-6 weeks of maturity, and we can offer it at a price point that's budget-friendly.
Our fine-stemmed bermudagrass is susceptible to damage from the bermudagrass stem maggot. Stem maggots feed on the top of the grass stem, causing the top 1-2 leaves to turn brown or white and the stem to stop growing. We spray the fields whenever we see any evidence of an infestation trying to get started.
Did you know that the width between a tractor's wheels can be adjusted? They can - even on the big new tractors. Changing the width accommodates the crop being grown and the terrain on the farm. Ed keeps the wheels pretty wide for both the wide hay windrows and the steep creek banks.
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