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Benefits of choosing to plant alfalfa: Nutritional- Lower fiber, high calcium, more protein per acre. Economic- Increased profits from alfalfa, alfalfa benefits cropping systems, higher yields per acre. Reduced risk- Reduced risk, better production under drought conditions, dependable grazing crop. Conservation- Reduced soil erosion & runoff, added manure management options,...

Hay Is In Short Supply The Northeast is not immune to short hay supplies.  Western areas of the country hit by drought in 2021 are experiencing the same environmental growing conditions in 2022, short on moisture going into the planting and growing season. Hay stocks have...

A Good Year to Emphasize Glyphosate Resistance Management Given the Supply Chain Challenges with Glyphosate.  If you’ve grown used to glyphosate as your front line weed control for alfalfa establishment, this is a good time to consider making a change. Many experts are suggesting that 2022...

Alfalfa’s nitrogen value is skyrocketing along with fertilizer prices. Alfalfa is known as the “Queen of Forages” because of its high yield of high protein forage with a relatively fast ruminal digestion rate.  Alfalfa should also be dubbed the “King of Nitrogen Fixation” because alfalfa makes...

Alfalfa growers want good alfalfa yield and forage quality from their fields, that starts with good planning, and includes planting high quality seed of a highly-suited variety for their farming situation.  Alfalfa Partners provides excellent varieties for a wide range of growing environments, to help...

  Alfalfa Partners brand alfalfa seed variety development is the result of a rigorous breeding and selection program that goes all the way back to 1958 when Pioneer began its alfalfa breeding program.  The Pioneer alfalfa breeding program and all of the legacy Pioneer alfalfa non-GMO...

Alfalfa seed conditioning can be more complex than larger seeded crops like corn, soybeans or even wheat.  Specialized conditioning equipment is needed to insure the removal of unwanted material from ‘field run’ alfalfa seed.  Alfalfa Partners brand alfalfa seed quality meets high standards. Achieving the best...

S&W’s North America alfalfa seed production for our Alfalfa Partner’s brand is nearing completion.  It was an interesting and somewhat challenging year for alfalfa seed production.  Cooler than normal spring conditions in the northwest put the hurt on spring growth, then flowering and seed set...

Now is the time to scout for potato leafhoppers in alfalfa, especially newly seeded stands. Pay special attention to new spring seedings of alfalfa.  Young plants are more susceptible to damage from potato leafhoppers because small plants have not yet fully developed the all-important tap root. ...