Optimizing Your First Cutting of Alfalfa

May 9, 2018
If high quality hay is your goal, don't delay harvest. However, if you're looking to rebuild your hay supply, letting it grow almost until bloom will provide more feed while using water resources more efficiently.

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Irrigating Alfalfa

May 9, 2018
With low soil moisture levels in many areas, now might be a good time to start irrigating alfalfa to encourage deeper rooting to a deeper water reserve.

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Thickening Alfalfa with Cereals to Boost First Cutting Yields

April 20, 2018

Are some of your alfalfa stands a little thinner than you would like or does it look like you'll be haying fewer acres of alfalfa this year.

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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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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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