Alfalfa

How Freezes Affect Forages October 3, 2017

Frost can causes important changes in plant metabolism and composition, making forages a hazard to cattle for several days after a freeze.

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Recommendations for Harvesting Alfalfa in October October 3, 2017

Alfalfa's growing season is usually over by mid-October, but this year many fields received late season rain that's contributing to a substantial, high quality alfalfa crop. Here are some recommendations for a successful harvest when drying times are apt to be slow.

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Safely Harvesting Alfalfa During the Winterizing Period September 8, 2017

A tempting amount of alfalfa growth may be available for harvest in early fall. A careful harvest will help assure it's also available next year.

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Interseeding Grass in Thinning Alfalfa August 10, 2017

Interseeding grass into existing alfalfa takes timely haying and planting, but both land and livestock will improve with your efforts. Check out these tips for adding grasses in alfalfa.

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Determining When It's Time to Replace Thinning Alfalfa Stands July 7, 2017

Are you seeing thinning stands and more weeds in your alfalfa than you'd like? If so, take time out this summer to determine whether you may need to replant the field or rotate out of alfalfa to provide a nitrogen boost for the next crop. Here's a quick guide to assess potential production based on number of shoots per plant.

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Figure 1. Timely removal of baled hay from fields can help assure continued yields.

Remove Bales Soon After Harvest to Avoid Future Yield Loss June 30, 2017

Many hay fields have recently been cut and baled for hay. After the final cutting for the year, it may not matter too much if bales are left in the field, but when more harvests are expected from that field, delaying removal may cut future yield.

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Insects Causing Problems for Alfalfa June 22, 2017

If you’re seeing slow regrowth or weak alfalfa seedlings, it's time to get in the field and scout for the cause, most likely insects at this time of year. Nebraska growers have been reporting all kinds of insects causing problems.

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Raise Cutting Height When First Alfalfa Harvest Is Delayed May 24, 2017

Rain has delayed the first alfalfa cutting for many folks. If you haven’t taken the first cutting yet, you may want to make some adjustments in how you cut it. Even if it is not blooming heavily, you might be surprised to find it already has started to grow your next cutting.

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