The main goal of producers who take part in the Wisconsin Alfalfa Yield and Persistence Project is to weigh and sample forages over the life of their enrolled stands.
The University of Wisconsin Extension’s Team Forage is looking for agents and cooperating producers to participate in its Alfalfa Yield and Persistence Project.
The project’s goals: to verify the yield and quality of alfalfa harvested from selected fields over the life of stands, beginning with the first production year (the year after seeding), and to quantify decreases in productivity as those stands age.
In 2011, the fifth year of the project, 21 fields were enrolled. Compiled data is shared among participating producers, and confidentiality is maintained.
Producers mainly weigh and sample forages over the life of the enrolled stand. On-farm scales are convenient but not required. For 2012, Team Forage is seeking fields seeded in 2011 and is especially interested in fields in the southern part of Wisconsin.
For Hay & Forage Grower's report on the project's 2010 results, visit "Studying On-Farm Alfalfa Yield."