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Check stands more than one time as plants may green up and then later die off. Other stands may develop more slowly.
These are used to evaluate yield potential of alfalfa stands. Make a frame of wire one foot square. Toss the frame into a stand and then count the number of stems within this square foot area. Stands with greater than 55 stems/ft² will have highest yield potential. Stands with 40 to 55 stems/ft² will have a yield loss and stands with less than 40 stems/ft² should be considered for rotation.