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Hay, silage and pasture is your business, and it's our focus. Take your operation to the next level with the help of our comprehensive and practical information, education and technology about various forage types.

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The following article was written by William Curran and Dwight Ligenfelter, Penn State Weed Science. View the article, as well as additional information, from the March 9 edition of Penn State Field Crop News

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Another alfalfa weevil scouting article was recently released by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (Click here to see tips from the University of Illinois.)

Extension specialists explain the life cycle of the alfalfa weevil consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult beetle or weevil. The first indications of weevil injury are small holes eaten in leaves at the growing tip during April and May. This injury becomes more apparent as weevil larvae grow.

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Although corn planting is a priority this time of year, don't forget about keeping an eye out for alfalfa weevils. 

"Scouting is important to determine whether or not economic infestations are present and to determine if rescue treatments or an early harvest are warranted," said Mike Gray, University of Illinois Extension entomologist.

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Limiting the potential economic damage from alfalfa diseases to a production field are normally accomplished by a combination of two factors: genetics and cultural practices.

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It's time to assess your alfalfa stands. View this video from Dan Undersander, a forage agronomist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Alfalfa is the most widely grown perennial forage species in the U.S., with the greatest acreage in the Upper Midwest and Western states. But alfalfa acreage has been declining steadily for the past 50 years, while the acreage of soybeans and, more recently, corn, has been increasing.

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