Managing Seeding Year Alfalfa July 16, 2019

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.

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Controlling Summer Annual Weeds in Alfalfa June 26, 2019

Wet soils after alfalfa cutting can encourage weeds and grasses like foxtail, crabgrass, pigweed to grow quickly, but cultural and chemical control is possible.

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Potato leafhopper

Potato Leafhoppers in Alfalfa June 11, 2019

Potato leafhoppers are reported in north central Kansas and may be arriving in Nebraska soon. It is not too early to begin scouting for these insects and protecting your alfalfa with one of the registered insecticides listed here.

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Seed Supply of Summer Annual Forages May be Short May 22, 2019

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.

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Assessing Freeze Damage to Alfalfa May 10, 2019

Did your alfalfa suffer freeze or frost damage this week? If you suspect more than frozen or wilting leaves, check the growing point of plants. All new leaves, stems, and branches initially develop from the growing point.

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Take Advantage of Spring Soil Moisture for Alfalfa, Pastures April 18, 2019

A full soil profile opens up your options for increasing pasture, alfalfa and forage yields by adjusting your fertility plan to take advantage of the moisture.

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Assessing And Reacting To Alfalfa Winterkill April 18, 2019

Did the tough winter take out some of your alfalfa? Assessing alfalfa stands now and acting quickly can help you minimize long-term losses.

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Take Time to Evaluate Alfalfa Before Row-Crop Planting Season April 1, 2019

In a rush to get into corn and soybean fields this spring, don't take your alfalfa for granted. Evaluate your stands and consider whether changes are needed for top production potential this year.

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