Alfalfa

Time First Alfalfa Cutting to Best Fit Your Needs May 12, 2017

Timing of hay harvest is important whether your needs are for high quality or for high yield. With alfalfa becoming ready to cut soon this spring, don’t miss your best time.

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Research Brief: Ecology and Management of the Alfalfa Weevil April 28, 2017

If you're growing alfalfa, UNL entomologists recommend a new article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management: Ecology and Management of the Alfalfa Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Western United States Alfalfa by Makenzie E. Pellissier, Zoe Nelson, and Randa Jabbour.

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Assessing Freeze Injury to Alfalfa April 28, 2017

While several areas of the state experienced lows below 28°F this week, widespread alfalfa losses are not expected at this time.

If you're concerned about whether your alfalfa may have suffered frost injury, remember that frozen alfalfa usually needs some time to recover before damage can be estimated.

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Postemergence Weed Control in Alfalfa April 21, 2017

Are you finding weeds in your new alfalfa?  Vigorous weed growth this spring may make it extra tough for your seedlings as weeds reduce growth of new alfalfa by shading and competing for moisture. 

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alfalfa weevils

Scouting Advised for Alfalfa and Clover Leaf Weevils April 20, 2017

Alfalfa weevils have been reported damaging alfalfa in north central Kansas and western Nebraska. As temperatures warm up, expect to see alfalfa weevil larvae in southern Nebraska and slightly later, in northern Nebraska. Even with the pressure of planting row crops, it is essential that producers growing high quality alfalfa hay make time to monitor fields for weevils now and over the next few weeks. See the article for a table of treatment thresholds for various alfalfa prices.

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Putting Carryover Hay to Good Use April 11, 2017

If you were left with more hay than you expected after the open winter, save some in case of drought and then plan how to use the rest strategically to extend its value. 

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Firm Seedbeds For Planting Grasses And Alfalfa April 10, 2017

Before planting alfalfa or grass this spring, take time to ensure that your seedbed is firm and ready to nurture seedlings.

Walk acoss the field, looking back at your footprints.  Do you sink in more deeply than the soles of your shoes or boots?  If so, your seedbed may be too soft.

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Wrapping Hay to Beat the Weather April 10, 2017

If rain damage often plagues your hay making, you might consider using plastic wrap this year. Try baling it tough, then wrapping it with stretch plastic wrap to keep water and air out while keeping nutrients in.

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