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By Robin Newell This article appeared in the February 2024 issue of Hay & Forage Grower on pages 28-31. Click to read the original. Alfalfa offers a great opportunity to combat the spread of herbicide-resistant weed variants on your farm for two main reasons. First, alfalfa is...

  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 where the focus was on yield, persistence, pest and disease control and forage...

Spring 2023 was no ‘Goldilocks’ spring to be sure.  Whether too dry or too wet, too slow to warm up, or simply slammed with the time crunch of annual crop planting, there were geographic areas that didn’t get the opportunity to plant newly seeded alfalfa...

It’s that time of year when we’re all itching to get out into the field – whether it’s to do that all-important first cut of alfalfa or determine if an alternative crop should be rotated in. Evaluating alfalfa stands is an important factor in crop...

March has certainly come in like a lion this year!  The winter brought above average precipitation in the form of snow in many areas across the USA.  Our winter precipitation may continue as rain during spring if current weather patterns are any indication.  What does...

Determine the herbicide classes you’ve been using in your normal rotation, then strive to use different herbicide classes when you rotate to alfalfa. Herbicide rotation has become a key part of most farmers’ battle against resistant weeds. The most notorious and perhaps most wide-spread weed...

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...