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Cut Hay When Mature

hay ready to harvestNow is the time to start cutting hay in North Dakota. Although this is early for the first hay harvest of the growing season, weather conditions this spring have led to alfalfa and grasses maturing about 10 days ahead of normal. Cutting now will set the stage for a good second cutting, provided the crop receives adequate rain. Tonnage from the first cut may be lower than it was last year, but this decrease should be offset with a second cutting later in the season. (NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center photo)

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