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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. ...

New spring seedings of Alfalfa Partners® fall-dormant alfalfa varieties are off to a great start in much of the northern two thirds of the United States. Alfalfa seed can sprout in moist soil at temperatures of 35 degrees F and above. Seedlings are generally more cold...

Conventional Alfalfa Establishment Offers Herbicide Rotation Opportunities to Hold Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds in Check-  Alfalfa Weed Management Practices Herbicide rotation is a widely accepted and essential management practice for reducing glyphosate-resistant weeds .  A herbicide rotation plan can be your best defense against the onset and proliferation...

Now that we’ve given thanks for another harvest, December is a key month for planning the next cropping cycle: Start by taking inventory of your feed and forage supply and quality How much purchased feed and forage will you need? Or will you sell some?...

Fall Dormancy Class is often the first characteristic that alfalfa growers consider when deciding which variety to grow.  What is fall dormancy, what does the fall dormancy rating really mean?  And how should you use the fall dormancy rating in your alfalfa variety selection process? What...

Potato leafhoppers are a very common insect pest of alfalfa throughout the Plains, Midwest, and northeastern United States. This insect pest has been a particular problem in several geographies this summer. During early June 2020, tropical depression Cristobal brought a heavy dose of leafhoppers north along...

Fall alfalfa planting can be quite successful and offer stand establishment advantages over waiting until next spring: Weed competition in late summer planted alfalfa is usually less than spring planting. Fewer weed seeds will sprout in late summer, and most annual weed species won’t survive...

It’s not too late to plant alfalfa-. Upper Midwest spring planting weather turned out better than some of us might have expected following the winter and early spring weather patterns, including late snows experienced in most areas. When soils finally became fit enough to plant,...

Good soil preparation is a key factor in alfalfa stand establishment. Regardless of your tillage methods, early germination and seedling growth of small-seeded legume species is dependent on three main planting factors: Seed placement at ¼ to ½ inch depth in most ag soils Good...

If you put off seeding new alfalfa fields last year, you may have already decided to plant this spring. How will you decide about whether to keep a damaged or older stand? Most alfalfa growers are familiar with stem counts as a way to evaluate alfalfa...