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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 Bighorn Basin of Wyoming is known for the three “B’s” – beans, beets and barley. Kevin Lewis and his wife, Renee, have been farming on the family farm since 1990, but they don’t follow the three B’s rule.

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In alfalfa genetics, agronomy meets nutrition. Forage quality can significantly affect the value of the plant for animal nutrition. Crop management, protection from pests and seed genetics are vital for producers who want to maximize both yield and quality.

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What should you do with fall alfalfa? Leave it? Cut it? Graze it? Each of these options can be correct under appropriate conditions. Making the best decision requires balancing the associated rewards and risks with each option.

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Data can be a dangerous thing. Once you put numbers to a situation, it’s easy to misinterpret or misrepresent them so they say something quite different from what they originally meant.

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Once Roundup Ready (RR) versions of a crop are released, they typically immediately overshadow sales of non-RR cultivars or hybrids.

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I have been in hayfields my whole life and, for the most part, it has been a pleasure. This year, it has gone beyond frustration. I am embarrassed to say this, but the latest I have ever finished first cutting in more than 40 years is the fourth of July – until this year.

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