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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.


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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As we approach the spring planting producers might be considering hybrid bermudagrass varieties as a forage option to establish pasture or hayfields.

Variety testing at Mississippi State University has shown that although most hybrid bermudagrasses propagate only through vegetative material, they have greater yield potential than seeded bermudagrass, but also require higher fertilization rates.

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Some of the corn planted has been in the ground for a few weeks and the early-planted corn should now be spiking according to Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

“Normally corn should be up and out of the ground within three weeks of planting, but the cooler weather and high moisture levels may cause stands to not emerge evenly,” says Schnakenberg.

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