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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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When growers ask for an outlook, you can guarantee what they really want is a price prediction. Predicting the price of a 2014 hay crop is a lot like predicting the weather or horse races – a little bit of skill blended with a whole lot of luck.

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Mention hybridization, and growers often think of corn. That’s not surprising since the scientific foundation to develop hybrid corn varieties has been around since the 1940s.

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As you know, making good-quality hay consistently in the eastern U.S. is not an easy task. To make it more difficult in southeastern Pennsylvania, small square bales are still very common.

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Much expense and many long hours go into harvesting and storing hay for winter feeding. So why waste it? There are many ways to reduce your hay losses.

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Recently in the upper Midwest, there has been interest in mixed stands of grass and alfalfa. In this article, we will examine why the interest is increasing and give you some tips if you want to grow mixed stands.

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Hay baled too wet or silage chopped too dry can allow microorganisms on the forage to grow and metabolize rapidly, using plant sugars and oxygen while producing excessive heat. Some heat production is normal in nearly all hay and silage, but when forage temperatures exceed around 125°F, chemical reactions called Maillard reactions can occur.

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