Preseason Hay Equipment Maintenance

April 22, 2016
Take advantage of these rainy days to maintain your haying equipment and prevent costly downtime later. Listed tasks can help ensure you cover the essentials.

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Pitfalls of Thickening Old Alfalfa Stands

April 13, 2016

If your alfalfa is looking a little thin, you may be tempted to add alfalfa to thicken the stand. Before you do, consider:

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Wrapping Hay to Beat the Weather

April 1, 2016

Some years rain plays havoc with hay quality. When dark clouds are on the horizon some go ahead and bale the tough hay and hope it doesn’t spoil or get hot and burn. Others wait out the storm and cross their fingers that the rains will hit their row crop fields but miss their hay fields.

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Take Advantage of Spring Moisture to Boost Pastures, Alfalfa

April 1, 2016

Most of us have more moisture in our soil profiles this spring than we’ve experienced in a long time.  Following are some suggestions for how to take full advantage of this promising condition to better your pastures.

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Pros & Cons of Using Companion Crops When Planting Alfalfa

March 24, 2016

Alfalfa often may be seeded with a companion crop like oats to control weeds and erosion and provide a crop of grain or hay.  Clear seeding alfalfa alone, without a companion crop, also works well.  A preplant herbicide like trifluralin, Balan or Eptam often is sprayed and incorporated first to control weeds in a clear seeding, but a herbicide isn't always necessary.  So, which p

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Applying Manure Before Seeding Alfalfa

March 4, 2016

Where do you spread manure?  What crops benefit most from manure application?  One good choice is a field about to be seeded to alfalfa.

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Why this Snow is So Good for Your Alfalfa

January 8, 2016
Nothing increases the chance of alfalfa surviving winter better than a nice, thick blanket of snow. Last fall’s moderate weather allowed alfalfa plants to harden well for winter, leaving them with a high concentration of nutrients in their roots and adequate soil moisture. This winterized condition enables alfalfa crowns and roots to withstand temperatures as low as 5 degrees above zero.

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