Thanks, you are right about the moisture, i'd like to give some away or bank some for later if that would be possible. Fields are absolutely saturated, can't get near them ,so i'm spending my time in the woods
Time to cut the rye, need to spray by the end of the month and also mow the weeds down before their seeds become viable. I mentioned before about the fawns loving the tall rye, I bounced one out and spied another one laying in my next mowing path. I had to get off the tractor to get him to move. The last picture I took was 2 feet away. Took 6 hrs but it got done with no casualties
Awesome picture of the fawn.
I worked some rye into an existing clover plot last fall. Looks similar to your pictures. I wasn't sure whether to cut it or leave it standing a while longer since it looks like good fawn cover. I think I'll leave the rye stand a little longer after seeing your picture. Thanks
Thanks guys, yes the cutter was moaning as i was really pushing it to beat the rain. I've used a 4-wheeler before and also walked the plots but this time I just watched where my next 6' pass was going to be very closely from the tractor. A bit tiring and stressful for 6 hrs but worth it.
Is there some good way to chase the fawns out of a field before cutting hay, brush hogging, etc.?
Maybe the right kind of dog? A "deer pointer?"
Running a few passes through the field with a loud 4-wheeler?
There is really no good way to do it. Those darn fawns lay so tight is the problem. I have had them come out between the front and back tires before. Almost impossible to see when the vegetation is high. If it is a small plot then you can walk it and that usually helps. Large plots that is not very practical. Best thing I have found is not to mow in June if possible. In July the fawns are more likely to run prior to the tractor getting them.