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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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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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Imagine cutting next year’s first crop of alfalfa and seeing a perfect stand of deep green, healthy and aggressively growing alfalfa flowing through your haybine. Your neighbor says it’s the best stand of alfalfa he’s ever seen.

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I can’t help but reflect on how a football team’s success is dependent upon each member’s contribution to the whole. Each individual’s own success did not happen overnight; years of coaching, conditioning and practicing led to success.

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Deciding your fall alfalfa harvest schedule is like a juggling act – you need to think about your forage inventory and needs, potential yield, risk of winterkill and even harvest cost.

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The last several years have posed many challenges for dairy producers: droughts, high feed costs, high input costs and escalating land rents.

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