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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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As non-genetically modified alfalfa producers struggle to coexist with genetically engineered (GE) varieties, different sampling protocols are required.

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While U.S. hay exports account for 4 to 5 percent of the national hay market, it is nevertheless a billion-dollar industry. In the Western states and Pacific Northwest, hay exports account for 10 percent of the hay market.

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Good forage crops place a high demand for potassium on the soil’s nutrient supplying power. Potassium is critical for growing high-yield, high-quality alfalfa, helping maximize animal performance and profitability.

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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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