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Grass Harvest 2
More from bluegrass harvest in Plummer, ID in 2001
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Chad
We harvest lots of fescue grass seed here in Missouri, but
don't know much about blue grass, When do you harvest, what
type of yield do you expect. I hope that the price beats
fescue seed this year at 30 cents a pound, Do you have much
of a problem with moisture? I know Oregon combines lots of
Fescue, how about Idaho?

Roy Chapin
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Roy-
We typically harvest bluegrass around the middle to the end
of July when we are in the 90-100 degree range with low
humidity. These are my friends machines and he has about
1400 acres of bluegrass. Our area is the largest bluegrass
producing area in the US. We don't raise much of any other
type grass. Typically it yields from 200-1200 pounds of
clean seed per acre depending on variety and year and
typically it is around the $.55-$.65 price range per pound.
So you see the farmers on a good year with good prices do
well but on other years it grass is not that profitable
especially with the cost involved. :-)
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Interesting operation. So what do you do after you've
harvested, do you leave it and it grows again next year or
do you plow it under and plant again? What kind of weed
control is involved?
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Hello Agcofan-
Sorry it took so long to reply. The crop residue is either
burned or baled off. The prefered method is burning. It
helps with weed and disease control as well as shocks the
plant into producing the next year. Unfortunately the state
of Washington has banned burning and there is considerable
opposition to burning developing in Idaho. The area that
bluegrass is grown is close to some urban areas that have
crept into the country. With increased people, an activity
such as burning, that is so visible, is being heavily
scrutinized. When burning is used these fields can be left
in production as long as 20 years which is great for our
highly erodible ground. Without burning these fields will
produce for 3 maybe 4 years depending on variety. Plus you
then have the extra costs of straw removal. As far as the
chemicals go the average cost for the year are probably
around $30-40.

Chad
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Thanks for answering. Facinating operation and crop. $30-40
bucks isn't bad, isn't great either. Conventional Beans can
be more. Very Interesting crop.
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