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The forage nutrient
July 12, 2016
“When the last bale comes off the field, the fertilizer truck is loaded and ready to roll,” said Clayton Geralds, a Munfordville, Ky., farmer who bales nearly 150,000 small square bales per year a...
Singing the failed seeding blues
June 21, 2016
Perhaps nothing in the forage production cycle is more aggravating, disheartening, disappointing, or sometimes frightening than a new forage seeding that just never develops. At worst, it means an ent...
Save the leaves for quality alfalfa
May 18, 2016
In a recent study, where we sampled alfalfa that was standing, after mowing, after raking, and in the chopper wagon or bale, 71 percent of the change in forage quality was related to leaf content...
Manure after alfalfa: Consider the options
May 18, 2016
Applying manure immediately after alfalfa harvest opens up windows of time for manure application not available with most annual crops, and it expands the acreage base for nutrient management pl...
First cut: It’s all about the weather
May 10, 2016
Upon reading the title, your thoughts probably first moved to something along the lines of “You’re not kidding; it always rains right about the time I get the chopper (or baler) grease...
New alfalfa checkoff to support research
April 26, 2016
A dearth of public dollars to support alfalfa research was the emphasis behind the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) instituting a new alfalfa checkoff program...
Agonizing over marginal alfalfa stands
April 12, 2016
Once temperatures warm and alfalfa growth begins in the spring, the ritual of assessment is initiated...
Managing with and against alfalfa stem nematode
March 24, 2016
The author is an assistant professor in the department of biology at Utah State University. Alfalfa stem nematodes are not new pests to alfalfa but the problems associated with their presen...
Drones used to monitor alfalfa root rot disease
March 22, 2016
Alfalfa growers would not be happy to see a field riddled with large diseased areas as in the accompanying image. But, who would have ever imagined that a military surveillance tool...
What does fall dormancy of alfalfa really mean?
March 21, 2016
Many do not understand what fall dormancy really is and its value to alfalfa growers. Fall dormancy is the ability of alfalfa to grow tall in the fall. It is measured by determining plant...