Quote Originally Posted by McFarmer View Post
Must be location dependent. If I look at this neighborhood, maybe six miles any direction I know of one ditch that is ever mowed. Most ditches are far too narrow, wet and steep around here. Some are fenced off and grazed if they are on a back road, not many like that anymore.

The state highway however is mowed at least twice each summer.

I have two hay fields I delay the first cutting on till maybe July 1. These fields border DNR ground which is almost worthless for nesting. If an organization wanted to promote nesting habitat a payment for delayed mowing would be taken by some producers. Around here hay fields are the most desirable nesting sites for many birds.
I wish farmers would do that where I live. We used to have birds, now every ag field is alfalfa and bailed three to four times a season...