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cut the clover plot today

Old 07-12-2008, 04:24 PM
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Well I went down today and cut the clover plot. My creek bottom plot is planted in 1/2 clover 1/2 millet. To my surprise, I must have had some millet seed in my broadcaster when I broadcasted the clover because I had millet popping up in the clover section here and there. The weeds were starting to grow big time, so I cut it down to about 5". The clover was reaching 8-9". Hopefully this cut willlimit some of the weeds. Should I cut again beforefall or will this be enough?
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:11 PM
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Got any pictures? I have mowed mine twice and almost have the weeds in check. Heres mine as of yesterday. I need to cut one or two more times in the next few months to assure the weeds will not take over. My whitetail institute imperial clover/chickory is slow going.




I need a ton of rain! Its been dry here for a few weeks.
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:52 PM
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I don't know if this is a bad thing or good thing, but my plot is a lot denser (thicker) than yours. The clover is well established, but the weeds exploded out of the ground after we had 3 straight days of rain. I also had turnips growing in my plot and I didn't even plant any??????

I was down on the farm about 3 weeks ago and the clover was only maybe 3-4" high max with very few broadleaf weeds. Today the clover was as high as 7-9" in spots and the weeds were coming up good as well. It could probably deserve another cut in about a month to cut down on the weed growth, especially if it keeps growing at that rate. I'm trying to avoid using chemicals because they are so darn expensive. I heard mowing is a great way to control weeds, so we'll see.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:29 PM
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Its definately a good thing that your clover is more dense than mine. This is a sign of no rain! I also had just cut mine down pretty low to hack the weeds, so I will keep you posted on how it looks after we get some rain.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:27 AM
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After two mowings mine is fantastic.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:19 PM
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Looks like a great plot - Year #2?

Some oats mixed in?

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Old 07-14-2008, 07:03 AM
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Looks like a great plot - Year #2?

Some oats mixed in?

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Just some oat seed that got mixed in the mess, I didn't figure it would hurt.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:04 PM
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i ve cut my clover field twice now .
I,ll mow it again later this month or early neaxt month for the last time this year .[&:]
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:57 PM
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OK, I too cleared about a half acre and got my ph as it stated on the bag, and spread seed(imperial clover) , culti-packed it ,within two weeks it began to take off wonderfully, I have left the area alone with little maintenance. and last weekend I saw it and was still nice and thick ,but covered in weeds,, and (3-4'') tall on average,, was thinking of spraying it with arrest,, but you guys are just mowing it? yours look amazing!! HELP...
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:49 PM
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mcorso -

It really depends on what the weeds are -

Mowing can take care of weeds like Mustard, ragweed, curlytop, foxtail, lambsquarters, plus others - etc - they are basically annual weeds - that if not allowed to go to seed - do not come back the next year. The second year (some places, later in the 1st year)- Clover gets the upperhand - and dominate and will outcompete annual weeds for years to come.

Grasses are the enemy - they like mowing too (look at your lawn).

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