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Poll: Alfalfa Variety Selection
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Alfalfa suits a water-challenged future
Jan. 11, 2022
The current drought in the West has likely had no greater impact on other agricultural entities than on alfalfa, according to Dan Putnam, the longtime extension forage agronomist...
Drought brings added salinity issues for alfalfa
Dec. 31, 2021
Alfalfa growers in the western U.S. are very aware of how important it is to have adequate irrigation water to produce a crop...
Begin by cutting your nitrogen bill here
Dec. 14, 2021
It was an easy sell . . . well . . . kind of. As an extension agent in one of the biggest dairy counties in Wisconsin, the large majority of farmers I worked with had corn-alfalfa rotations with...
A staggering alfalfa challenge
Nov. 10, 2021
Should I go for maximum yield or maximum quality? For generations, alfalfa growers have wrestled with this quandary...
Stems provide key to replacing alfalfa stands
Nov. 10, 2021
Alfalfa’s high yields and forage quality make it a premier forage worldwide. If anything about alfalfa could be improved, most growers would want to extend stand longevity...
Improve alfalfa quality: assess your leaf loss
Oct. 26, 2021
“One of the major factors negatively impacting harvested alfalfa forage quality is leaf loss,” asserted David Weakley, director of forage research nutrition for Forage Genetics Internatinoal...
Fall alfalfa decisions have repercussions
Aug. 24, 2021
As the final days of August tick away, there is the realization that alfalfa plants will soon begin to downshift...
Let LEAF be your guide to alfalfa leaves
Aug. 19, 2021
How often have you harvested a beautiful field of alfalfa or a newly established stand of a high-quality variety of alfalfa, only to find out later that the lab test results were only average?...
Baby calves, new seedings, and a bad day
June 29, 2021
One of the rituals here at the W.D. Hoard & Sons Company is that the editors of each magazine proof copy from all the other magazines. This being the case, I read a lot of articles on the care of...
Let’s get real on forage yield
June 15, 2021
Measuring forage yield has never been easy, at least compared to weighing grain crops off the combine. During my university extension days, I spent many years dragging around heavy pad scales, one per...
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