Survival and high production of an alfalfa stand begins with an understanding of root reserves. Alfalfa is a perennial forage crop. Alfalfa leaves use sunlight to produce sugars and starches.
Survival and high production of an alfalfa stand begins with an understanding of photosynthesis, carbohydrate production and root reserves.
There is time now to check out your alfalfa stands and predict what conditions the stands will be in next year.
Snow helps to insulate alfalfa crowns from fluctuating air temperatures. In addition, a layer of snow moderates growth and initiation of buds when air temperatures move into the mid 40’s.
How to determine the extent of winter injury to your stands following the high risk period of January and February.
In recent years the introduction of highly digestible, high yielding forage sorghums and sudangrass crosses have provided many forage producers an alternative crop that is more than an emergency forage crop.