Bailing millet

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  1. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Anyone here ever bail their millet field when it’s ready? I’ve always just cut mine and burnt it after it turns, but I spoke with a guy yesterday who said he is going to bail his and sell it. It’s his dub field. Will that leave much seed? It’s still green stemmed, and he’s hooking the disc mower up as I type. Just curious.
     
  2. GUNNERX2

    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    Waaay back before soy beans really took off as crop, farmers around here would plant a mix of beans and millet for hay. Usually those fields were prime for dove hunting so I guess enough seed remained that made it attractive.
     
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    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Thx.

    And... B A L E. Bale. :doh
     
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    bird junkie Elite Refuge Member

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    Is there developed seed? We bailed some few years back to get it off the field and it didn’t seem to leave much behind
     
  5. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    It’s got heads. Some of them brown. Some barely coming on. No clue when he intends to cut it.
     
  6. Crow Creek

    Crow Creek Senior Refuge Member

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    If you will run a Tedder over it after its cut that will knock all the seed off of the stems, assuming its mature. Unreal how much seed will be on the ground, but mowing it this early will give it time to resprout and grow. I would wait another 2 weeks if you can. That will leave seed on clean ground since all the stems have been baled.
     
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    Porter Bayou Elite Refuge Member

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    I've hunted a field of brown top that was baled. Don't know when it was cut or the process, but it was burned off after it was baled to keep the seed from germinating. Left a buttload of seed on bare ground. Had a cow pond on it. County gravel road with a power line. Oowee! It was a blood bath!
     
  8. WK2HNT

    WK2HNT Senior Refuge Member

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    Cut then run a Tedder across it then bale if Mature Millet. I promise it will be good
     
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  9. WK2HNT

    WK2HNT Senior Refuge Member

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    Or spray it then bale it after a couple of weeks but that cuts down on the nutrition the hay provides.
     
  10. J.Bennett

    J.Bennett Elite Refuge Member

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    This is a hayfield that was baled. Zoom in on the wires over it... all doves and plenty more on the ground in the field.
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    They don’t mind a baled field.
     
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