Consider Planting Grass-Alfalfa Mixtures this Year March 22, 2017

Are you planting a new hay field this year? Instead of automatically planting pure alfalfa, consider mixing grass into your planting. A grass-alfalfa mixture that includes orchardgrass, smooth brome, festulolium, or other grasses offers several advantages and may be the best choice for your operation.

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Checking Alfalfa For Winter Injury March 10, 2017

Alfalfa had started to green up and grow in many areas prior to this cold spell. When growth begins again, stands need to be evaluated soon.

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Nebraska research shows that most NE growers can reduce their normal nitrogen rate in corn following alfalfa by applying the proper N credit. (Photo by Laura Thompson)

Cutting Costs Without Hurting Yields? Check Fertilizer N Rates in Corn after Alfalfa February 22, 2017

With tight crop margins for the 2017 growing season, many farmers are looking for ways to cut input costs without hurting yields. One way to do this is by giving the appropriate nitrogen credit when calculating how much N to apply to corn grown after a prior alfalfa crop.

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Be Alert to Risk of Alfalfa Winter Injury February 17, 2017

WIth warm temperatures and intermittent early growth, alfalfa may be using up vital reserves needed for its regular growing season. Growers are urged to check their fields and make any necessary adjustments early.

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Dormant Spraying Alfalfa Weeds February 17, 2017

Starting your weed control in dormant alfalfa can help ensure that weeds don't lower yields, reduce quality and slow hay drydown in that first cutting.

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High Quality Hay Still Brings Top Dollar November 11, 2016

If you're sitting on some high-quality hay and planning to feed your livestock, consider whether the market adage to "Sell high, buy low" might offer some sage advise for the hay market too.

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Weed Control Options in Seedling Alfalfa September 21, 2016

Late summer plantings of alfalfa tend to have fewer weeds than spring plantings, but this year, fall weeds may be a problem in some fields.

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Guidelines for Alfalfa Harvest During The Winterizing Period September 14, 2016

Hoping to get a final cut of alfalfa during the fall winterization period? Check out these recommendations for increasing the chance your alfalfa survives the winter and grows well next spring

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