Seeding year alfalfa is different from established stands and needs a different management and harvest strategy. While alfalfa seedlings can be harvested 40 days after emergence, it’s better to wait until 60 to 70 days after emergence.
Cover crops offer many benefits for prevented planting fields; however, including them in a rotation adds another layer of complexity, particularly when it comes to plant-back restrictions for previously applied herbicides. Here's what to check before selecting a cover crop species.
Several factors this spring may be limiting alfalfa and hay production, making summer annual forages a good option to ensure livestock feed is available later. If you're consider this, be sure to obtain the seed you want before supplies tighten.