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Alfalfa

Find articles on alfalfa planting, stand establishment and crop management to help you achieve your production goals.

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To produce high-quality alfalfa, growers must be engaged in the timely management of pests, including weeds. Seedling alfalfa is especially susceptible to weed interference as interspecific competition can inhibit alfalfa growth and development and compromise stand persistence.

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How big is the salinity problem?

Salinity and its detrimental effect on agriculture is not a new problem.

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Forages play an integral role on any livestock operation. In many parts of the South, the ability to grow both warm- and cool-season forages allows producers to benefit from grazing throughout most of the year on their operations.

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Whether you’re baling small square bales for your own use or to sell commercially, one of the most critical factors in producing a better hay bale is retaining moisture.

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Establishing a price for hay on the stump can be a little tricky. A fair price is somewhere between the seller’s cost of production and the buyer’s estimated value minus the cost to harvest.

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Here’s a question I hear a lot: How much soil fertility does grazing remove from pastures compared to hay? To ask this another way: If I graze a flock of sheep on the field and then sell the lambs, do those lambs and ewes remove as many soil nutrients as when I make hay or balage from that field?

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