Managing fescue fields for fall after flood

Asked October 13, 2016, 12:37 PM EDT

I have 6 acres of mature fescue that was last fertilized 9/1/2016 with 40- 50 lbs N/ac. The stands were pretty good at 10-12” high with minimal broadleaf weeds and crabgrass. The fields were recently flooded for 3-4 days by Fishing Creek and the grass is now laying over with a fine dirt silt covering.

The ground will be dry enough to tractor over in a few more days. Should I mow the fields when dry enough, and if so to what height?

Will it continue growing through the fall after the mowing - maybe not enough to hay but to graze horses?

(Halifax county; not Yancey)

Halifax County North Carolina pasture horticulture

1 Response

Hi,

This seems to be a question for a livestock agent who is familiar with pasture fields and grazing. If you would like to send your questions to our livestock agent she would be more than happy to help you! Send the question to beth_burchell@ncsu.edu.