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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 it comes to alfalfa, many growers believe they have to choose quality, yield or productivity and that increasing one element will automatically reduce the others.

Fortunately, you don’t have to trade one for the other, if you keep a few fundamentals in mind:

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Horses are non-ruminant herbivores designed to utilize forages as the primary component of their diet.

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Alfalfa is arguably the most variable feed producers grow. 

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As forage production costs continue to escalate, hay producers are looking more closely at their bottom line. Many have questions about how to determine their bale weight, feed value and selling price.

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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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