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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