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.
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.
Did your alfalfa suffer freeze or frost damage last weekend? 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.
While alfalfa usually comes through winter in pretty good shape in our area, I’m sure this year there could be plenty of exceptions, says Extension Forage Specialist Bruce Anderson. Here's what to watch for.