With all the rain we've had this spring, pastures may have excess grass growth that can be like money in the bank if used efficiently. For good quality hay and better regrowth potential, cut as seedheads are about to emerge.
Ragweed has exploded in some pastures in recent years. It takes time, and a well-planned approach such as described here to control ragweed in pastures. With good grazing, some spraying, and timely shredding it can be done.
First cutting often is the most important cutting of the year. It usually produces the most yield and its forage quality changes fastest from day to day. Alfalfa started growing like gangbusters this spring, is almost knee high in some places, and could be ready to cut soon.