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
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.