Asked June 19, 2017, 2:15 PM EDT

I have 6 acres of hay which has been cut every year. This year I am renting it to 2 horses for forage . Do I cut it again at the end of July or leave it alone to go to seed on it's own?

Linn County Oregon

1 Response

If the horses are currently and will continue grazing on the pasture, you may not have adequate quality and quantity of forage for a hay cutting by the end of July. Mowing the field to keep any weedy species from seeding is a common summer practice. Other benefits of mowing would be allowing the biomass to begin decomposing to allow for unrestricted fall regrowth, as well as fire prevention.