3 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Alfalfa Seed

When I help growers choose the right alfalfa for their operations, there are a lot of factors we discuss. As an adviser, my goal is to really understand each grower’s unique situation and management style to recommend an alfalfa variety that best fits those needs.

Choosing...
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Mix of Dairy Rations Reflects Economy

At a glance: With decreasing milk profitability and slowly rising alfalfa costs, producers often look to cheaper feedstuffs; but alfalfa remains one of the most complete feeds available for milk production.
 
If you are a dairy producer, you don’t need me to...
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New Developments in Managing Alfalfa Diseases and Salt Tolerance

Alfalfa diseases such as aphanomyces root rot and anthracnose, as well as heavily saline soils, are common in different parts of the U.S. Each can negatively impact alfalfa growth, as well as return on investment and yield potential for farmers.

Researchers have made great progress...
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Shorter Rotations Maximize Alfalfa Profitability

Shorter Alfalfa Rotations Increase Profitability
Most alfalfa growers know that yield per acre declines as stands age. The accumulated impact of harvest stress, pest (disease, insect, nematode) damage, wheel traffic, winter injury, etc. thins stands and weakens existing...
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Alfalfa Seed Coatings: An Economical Insurance Policy

While every season presents a different set of challenges for alfalfa growers, a successful crop begins with good stand establishment. Seed treatments and seed coatings are applied to most premium alfalfa seed to get plants off to a strong start, as it assists with maximizing germination and...
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How Does Your Soil Fertility Stack Up?

It’s about as basic as you can get in alfalfa production: Make sure soil nutrients are at optimal levels to give your crop the best opportunity to grow and thrive, and achieve return on investment and yield potential goals.
 
There is indeed room for improvement in U.S...
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W-L ALFALFAS BULKS UP HARVXTRA® ALFALFA LINEUP WITH FD5 ADDITION

W-L HarvXtra® Alfalfa has a revolutionary new offering in alfalfa production, our first fall dormancy 5 release, WL 375HVX.RR, simply delivers. WL 375HVX.RR compliments the 2016 release of FD4 WL 341HVX.RR, offering another valuable winterhardy option with a new, superior agronomic package...
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WL 341HVX.RR, available for 2017

In anticipation of a broad commercial launch of HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology, W-L Alfalfas has released WL 341HVX.RR, due for 2017 planting. This is our first varietal release of “new generation” products that combine the HarvXtra reduced lignin trait with...
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Aphanomyces Root Rot: The Race is on to Defend Alfalfa

Once thought of as a wet-soil disease, aphanomyces root rot is more widespread than many realize. It’s also one of the few alfalfa diseases to develop races — genetic variations of the pathogens that challenge established resistant varieties— making it doubly threatening to long...
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Impact of Hard Seed Percent in Alfalfa

Hard Seed Percentage in Alfalfa: How High is Too High?
Alfalfa seed with impermeable seed coats are called hard seeds because, when exposed to water, these seeds do not take up moisture but remain unchanged, or hard. When planted, these hard alfalfa seeds may remain...
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Relative Forage Quality (RFQ), A New Quality Term

Relative Forage Quality: A New Way to Measure Alfalfa Nutritive Value
Over the years, scientists have developed a number of laboratory analyses aimed at quickly and inexpensively estimating the nutritive value of alfalfa. Probably the most widely accepted analysis used to...
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Breeding Alfalfa for Salt Tolerance

As more salt-tolerant alfalfa varieties are developed, managing high soil salinity should become increasingly achievable for forage producers in the western U.S.
 
Highly saline soils have been a thorn in the side of alfalfa producers in arid regions of the United...
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Pushing the Alfalfa Yield and Quality Bar

One of the most common questions offered to us via phone, email, or social media refers to accessing products and account personnel, but perhaps the most common inquiry is how to take alfalfa stands to the next level, and truly micromanage the crop to surpass yield and quality goals. We hear...
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