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Alfalfa

Find articles on alfalfa planting, stand establishment and crop management to help you achieve your production goals.

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As I visit with hay producers and buyers, I hear comments about “collecting two samples from the same lot of hay, sending them to two labs and getting results that are not identical.” This is generally followed by something to the effect that “one of the labs must be wrong.”

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The highest milk-producing cow produced 72,000 pounds in 305 days. That is more than three times the national average. Some stockers have more than 4 pounds per day gain on forage. Such high animal performance requires re-designed forage.

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During World Dairy Expo, two companies, Alforex Seeds and Forage Genetics International, officially announced the breakthrough plant-breeding technology of low-lignin alfalfa varieties.

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Historically, measuring alfalfa yield has been a labor-intensive process. University researchers used to measure alfalfa yield by planting and growing alfalfa varieties in small plots.

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Due to alfalfa’s wide adaptation, high biomass productivity and nutritional quality, it is often referred to as the “queen of forages.”

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Cleanliness, consistency, convenience, composition and cost-effectiveness (the five C’s) are important characteristics to consider when discussing the ideal hay for horses. Some of these characteristics are important to the health or performance of the horse, while others are important to the horse owner.

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