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Seed selection is only the beginning to a plentiful forage harvest; check out additional articles on soil testing, root development and timing to help you succeed.

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Over the past few years, farmers have experienced increased yield potential and higher-quality forage as a result of advances in alfalfa genetics.

While the seed plays a major role in the success of the crop, practicing effective alfalfa management practices are vital to helping the crop reach its full potential.

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Biological and digital advances in the agriculture industry have provided us with a baseline to discover innovations for the future. Looking ahead to the New Year, I’d like to touch on a few areas that are creating a buzz in the industry.

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In a year during which tremendous variability was observed within fields as well as among locations, information from replicated university trials is particularly valuable – replication helps account for variability.

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Soil test reports vary from laboratory to laboratory; however, they all report key results of pH, lime test index (LTI) or buffer pH, phosphorous and potassium. These results are used to develop fertilizer recommendations.

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Six dollar corn. Fourteen dollar beans. Bring out the plow and disk. Tear up the hay ground, pasture and CRP. Let’s make some real money.

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When it comes to planting legumes for cattle forage, broadcasting is cheaper than drilling, but drilling provides the seedlings a better survival rate for these highly nutritious plants, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor-forages, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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