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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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...