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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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Another drought year ahead or not, adding more forages to the grazing mix helps during the annual summer slump, says a University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.

Rob Kallenbach advocates more alfalfa, although the legume called “the queen of forages” has fallen out of favor with some farmers.

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Developing a least-cost, supplemental feeding program begins by having hays analyzed for nutrient content. A forage analysis is necessary because hays can be highly variable in nutrient content.

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Alfalfa is a productive and vigorous forage crop. Alfalfa is high-quality forage commonly fed to beef cattle, sheep and horses, and it can be also used for green chop and silage.

Alfalfa is a cool-season perennial legume with up to 36 inches of growth and a deep taproot well adapted to dry conditions. Most tillers arise from the crown. Leaves are trifoliloate with serrated leaflets at the tip.

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Good-quality alfalfa is the cornerstone of any dairy farm forage ration. However, alfalfa is not just for dairy or beef producers any more.

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Forage dealers in California are a little upset. They don’t understand why, in some cases, a wide margin exists on hay test results between testing labs.

It’s an issue that has hit dealers where it hurts most: their pocketbooks.

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Alfalfa is the most important forage legume in the U.S. Grown over a wide range of soil and climatic conditions, it has the highest yield potential and feeding value of all perennial forage legumes.

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