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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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Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is a vigorous, warm-season perennial grass planted for many purposes including livestock grazing, wildlife cover and as a biofuel crop.

Switchgrass begins growth in late spring and continues through the summer if moisture is available. It grows 3 to 6 feet in small to large sodded clumps that spread slowly from numerous scaly, creeping rhizomes.

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Not everyone uses the same forms of planting. Some people might use an eight-row to 36-row planter for seed – but others might use a five-row planter for sprigging.

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Profitable winter grazing systems depend upon matching the forage growth and quality with the livestock nutritional requirements.

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Planning on doing some fall alfalfa planting? Watch this video by Dr. Dan Undersander from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to learn how to establish a good stand. 

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After a challenging spring season that affected crops across the U.S., agronomists encourage growers to think about opportunities for alfalfa seeding this summer.

With proper management, late summer seeding can be a good alternative to spring planting and result in strong stands with high yield potential.

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Good seedbed preparation and late summer management are among the biggest factors that determine a successful, high-yielding alfalfa crop.

Alfalfa is a long-term investment for growers and, to maximize productivity, there are several steps to take before seeding in the fall to ensure good stand establishment the next spring.

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