Figure 1. Rotating alfalfa can allow for better yields as well as provide a nitrogen boost for the next crop.

When Should You Rotate Alfalfa Fields?

September 5, 2018
How do you decide when one alfalfa field has run out of steam and a new one needs to be planted? Here are some things to look for.

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Alfalfa Harvests in High Heat

June 28, 2018
When the temperature is consistently above 90°F, many guidelines for alfalfa harvest no longer apply. Rather than using the bloom as a guide, give plants extra time between hot summer harvests to maintain healthy stands.

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Managing Seeding Year Alfalfa

June 13, 2018
Seeding year alfalfa is just getting its "field legs" and needs to be managed differently than established alfalfa. Stems are spindly, roots are small and growth is slower. Following these harvest guidelines can help assure multiple harvests and a strong first season.

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Controlling Bluegrass in Irrigated Alfalfa

June 7, 2018
Effective bluegrass control in irrigated alfalfa requires a thick alfalfa stand, good water management, and sometimes, herbicides.

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Cutting hay
Figure 1. Research has shown as much as a 10-fold increase in drying rate as solar radaiation changes from heavy cloud cover to full sunlight.

Three Steps to Hasten Hay Dry-Down

May 24, 2018
It's hay-making season and growers are looking for several warm, sunny days and these three practices to hasten dry-down.

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Late May Ideal for Evaluating Hay and Forage

May 24, 2018
Memorial Day weekend is a benchmark for examining the status of hay and forage programs for the year and making adjustments where necessary.

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Alfalfa weevil larvae and adults
Figure 1. Alfalfa weevil larvae and adults collected in a single 12-sweep sample in Goshen County, Wyoming by Dan Keener on May 11, 2018. Note that both large larvae and adults are present.

Scout Diligently for Alfalfa Weevils in May And June

May 16, 2018
High populations of alfalfa weevils have been found in alfalfa throughout the Nebraska Panhandle; lower populations were reported this week in central and eastern Nebraska. The economics would warrant continued scouting through June to provide for timely treatment, if necessary, and yield protection.

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Postemergence Weed Control in Alfalfa

May 9, 2018
New alfalfa seedlings do not compete well with weeds and are best managed when small. Here are management tips for when you mow or use chemical control measures.

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