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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 year 2011 proved to be very challenging for farmers across the country due to extremes in weather.

Several regions of the country experienced historic droughts and many farmers struggled to keep crops alive, while others faced the extreme opposite of prolonged periods of rain and flooding that resulted in extremely wet soil conditions that delayed or prevented spring plantings.

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Coated alfalfa seed, or pelletized seed was introduced commercially several years ago but has been around for much longer. Pelletization is a process where seed is coated with a mixture of nutrients, pesticides or rhizobia.

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After a harsh winter season, it is important for growers to catch any potential winterkill or injury by walking their alfalfa fields and assessing winter survival. Early detection of winter injury problems is key to making sound forage management decisions.

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Local markets changed to regional, then to national and now to worldwide. At one time the value of hay, silage and pasture was a product of what was going on very locally.

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Reading labels isn’t just important when you’re watching your diet.

Knowing how to read your alfalfa seed tag also can reap big dividends, not only in managing seed costs but also to ensure you have a strong stand.

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Before you begin alfalfa production for forage, there are other factors that must be accounted for to produce alfalfa seed.

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