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

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Alfalfa stands thin out over time, often slowly but sometimes suddenly. And as stands decline, tonnage and economic returns decline with them. When yield gets too low, the usual suggestion is to plant new fields to alfalfa, but sometimes factors like the immediate forage need, the cropping plans or field location make this suggestion undesirable.

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With input costs on the rise, growers question whether there will be a return on their investment before making a purchase.

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Some farmers always get good stands of alfalfa – while others do not. The following will outline a few points that successful farmers use to establish good stands.

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Spontaneous heating in moist hays
Most hay producers are quite familiar with the problems associated with baling moist hay.

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Harvesting 10 tons of alfalfa per acre each year is a lofty goal. Whether you aim for this target or you aspire to achieve your farm’s highest yields, doing so begins by successfully establishing a robust alfalfa stand of top-end genetics in high-fertility fields.

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His name is Henry. He is a seasoned dairyman who knows his nearly 120 cows by name. He always greets you with a smile and a strong handshake. He has four children, three of whom are off to college or pursuing careers outside of farming. One son works on the farm. This son just plowed down 150 acres of alfalfa, which is 70 percent of all alfalfa acres on the farm.

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