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Why is Barnyardgrass So Abundant in Many Hay Fields and Pastures This Year?

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This year many farmers are wondering why barnyardgrass is present in unusual abundance in their hay
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  1. Bruce Howlett says:

    In southern VT and western MA pastures, the problem annual this year was a different warm-season grass: foxtail. Crabgrass was heavy in cultivated fields. The causes were the same as what Dan describes, but on soils that are a bit better drained.

    Bruce

  2. bill elkins says:

    Yes Dan, we too have unusual amount of Barnyard Grass, but even more Japanese Stiltgrass and Perilla Mint emerging from fringes of woods well out through our pastures. The cattle like the former but won’t touch the latter (which is toxic). I suppose I’ll have to do some mowing next summer!

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