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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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The horse market is a unique niche for hay production within the U.S. Many horse owners have strict requirements, for they find and purchase hay for their horses which can be quite different than that of livestock owners.

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Most of you have probably heard the story about the man who was disappointed in his purchase of a newfangled thing called a “chainsaw.”

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Alfalfa, like any plant system, needs sufficient amounts of nutrients to maintain quality stands and yields. To determine those needs, the Irrigated Alfalfa Management for Mediterranean and Desert Zones book published in 2008 by the University of California Alfalfa Workgroup has a chapter dedicated to fertilization strategies for the arid and semi-arid growing areas of the world, including many parts of California.

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While alfalfa is often recognized as “queen of the forages,” corn may be considered “king of the crops” since it currently ranks as the nation’s largest acreage crop with more than 87 million acres.

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Clumps of alfalfa are a common sight along roads and vacant lots in areas that grow alfalfa for hay or seed.

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Alfalfa is one of those animal foods that are kind of taken for granted as it is so plentiful – it seems to be used everywhere, for all types of animals. But believe it or not, there are actually a lot of uses for alfalfa that have nothing to do with cows.

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