Alfalfa

Consider No-till Seeding Alfalfa This Year April 6, 2018

No-till seeding alfalfa can help preserve crop residue on the soil surface, reduce soil erosion, limit weed seeds on the soil surface, and perhaps most importantly this year, help conserve soil moisture.

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Figure 1. Now is a good time to evaluae your alfalfa stands to determine the level of winter injury they may have sustained during the bitter early-winter cold spell. (Photo by Bruce Anderson)
Figure 1. Now is a good time to evaluae your alfalfa stands to determine the level of winter injury they may have sustained during the bitter early-winter cold spell. (Photo by Bruce Anderson)

Checking Alfalfa For Winter Injury March 15, 2018

Bitter cold spells and desiccating winds in early winter may have endangered alfalfa stands. Evaluate alfalfa stands soon to determine their viability and the potential need for replanting or rotating to another crop.

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Adding Grass to Thinning Alfalfa Offers a Win-Win March 15, 2018

Thin alfalfa stands can be rejuvenated by interseeding grasses and converting the field to pasture or haying as a grass-alfalfa mixture. The diversity offers a win for both the land and the livestock.

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Field pennycress

Dormant Spraying for Alfalfa Weeds March 2, 2018

With temperatures beginning to warm up, now is a good time to manage weeds such as field pennycress, downy brome, mustards, cheatgrass, and shepherd's purse in dormant alfalfa without risking plant injury.

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Legumes Can Benefit Your Pasture Mix March 2, 2018

Five years of grazing research in eastern Nebraska showed that brome/legume pastures produced almost four-tenths of a pound higher average daily gain on yearlings than did straight brome pastures fertilized with 50 lbs of nitrogen. Adding legumes to your pasture mix may be just the boost your production system needs.

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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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