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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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Growers’ opinions matter. It’s priceless information because it comes from boots-on-the-ground, multi-year experience.

In alfalfa production, input about what farmers are looking for in a product is critical for seed companies to help create the next generation of varieties.

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While every season presents a different set of challenges for alfalfa growers, a successful crop begins with good stand establishment.

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For alfalfa producers, mild winters come at a price. Thanks to hot summers and mild winters, alfalfa growers in California’s Central Valley can usually depend on six cuttings of hay each year, but since they do not experience a true winter, weed infestation in their dormant alfalfa stands can be a problem.

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It’s about as basic as you can get in alfalfa production: Make sure soil nutrients are at optimal levels to give your crop the best opportunity to grow and thrive, and achieve return on investment and yield potential goals.

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Genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa was deregulated in 2005 for the first time and again in January 2011, opening the door to renewed commercial sales and planting.

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Dr. Charles Brummer’s research at the University of California – Davis has focused on alfalfa breeding. One area of focus is looking into the genetic basis of fall dormancy using various genetic mapping methods. His group is also evaluating a large amount of germplasm to find adapted, high-yielding, non-dormant germplasm under saline conditions and under deficit irrigation.

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