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Find articles on alfalfa planting, stand establishment and crop management to help you achieve your production goals.

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Ohio growers may find that although alfalfa can weather the current extreme heat and drought conditions from a quality standpoint, there will be less alfalfa overall because of the lack of moisture the region continues to experience, an Ohio State University Extension educator said.

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Alfalfa in some areas of Pennsylvania is experiencing water stress and the question of alfalfa management during this time is being raised. But before we discuss the management of water-stressed alfalfa, let's look at how alfalfa responds to drought conditions.

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Anyone that bought or sold alfalfa hay in the last year knows that hay prices across the country are at record highs, and it appears that trend will continue into 2012.

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Ever wonder where alfalfa came from? No, it didn’t originate from your seed dealer. The “queen of forages” actually has ancient roots dating back thousands of years.

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Scissors cutting program suggests optimal growing degree days for first-harvest alfalfa is likely higher this year.

The old proverbial saying about a fly in the ointment is certainly true this year when it comes to predicting when alfalfa will be ready to harvest.

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Now how did that go? “For the want of a nail, a shoe was lost; for the want of a shoe, a horse was lost; for the want of a horse, a rider was lost; for the want of a rider, a message was lost; for the want of a message, a battle was lost; for the want of a battle, a war was lost; for the want of a war, a nation was lost; all for the want of a horseshoe nail.”

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