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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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Are you considering planting new alfalfa fields with a Roundup Ready variety but concerned about the higher seed cost? There are ways to hold costs down, but first make sure that the Roundup Ready trait is right for your operation.

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There are a number of factors to consider when choosing alfalfa seed and fashioning your overall forage management plan, including yield potential, stand persistence and winter hardiness, disease resistance and forage quality.

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Most everyone is in favor of tolerance theoretically: You do things your way, and I’ll do them mine. While the theory sounds workable, the practice of tolerance is much more challenging.

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Imagine cutting next year’s first crop of alfalfa and seeing a perfect stand of deep green, healthy alfalfa flowing through your haybine. Your neighbor says it’s the best stand of alfalfa he’s ever seen. It’s obvious that your silo will not hold your entire alfalfa crop.

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The percentage of alfalfa fields seeded with a forage grass differs considerably depending on the region of the country.

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Alfalfa is the most widely grown perennial forage species in the U.S., with the greatest acreage in the Upper Midwest and Western states.

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