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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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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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April is a good month to plant and establish a new stand of alfalfa. In fact, the sooner, the better, says an Ohio State University Extension educator.

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A good weed control strategy in alfalfa is fundamental to a strong yield performance, say experts from Pioneer Hi-Bred.

"Successful weed control has been an ongoing challenge for alfalfa growers," says Dave Miller, Ph.D., Pioneer alfalfa breeder.

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The potential for producers to profit from their crop is currently at a very high level due to the elevated demand for forage, both domestically and in overseas markets.

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In most markets, a seed coating treatment is standard when purchasing alfalfa seed. Coated seed technically refers to a buildup in coating material of 8 to 34 percent on the seed.

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There are many different qualities of forage seed available on the market, so it is important to buy good-quality forage seed to make forage-based farming successful from the beginning.

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