2017 Alfalfa Considerations

Standing AlfalfaThe fall and winter of 2016, along with the spring of 2017, has surely wreaked havoc throughout our trade territory in regards to the alfalfa crop.  As agronomists, we are noticing some areas nearly untouched from winter-kill. While other fields are virtually a total loss.  Some older stands are weakened to the point that they will not provide ample feed for this year. They likely would be better off to rotated to corn.  CHS Larsen Cooperative still has an ample supply of alfalfa seed, both conventional and Roundup Ready®, along with oats for cover crop.  As the calendar pushed later, alternatives such as sorghum and sudan mixes may come into consideration.  Please talk to your agronomist about seed supply today.

If this spring doesn’t allow us time for seeding alfalfa, keep in mind that fall (August 1-15th) is another great time to get alfalfa established for the following year.  Remember to have your field soil tested. You will need to have an adequate pH before trying to establish alfalfa.

Healthy Crop

Those that have alfalfa, I still urge you to keep up your fertility program with Aspire® (Potash + Boron) and a sulfur source.  Recent years have offered us ample supplies of alfalfa. However, some may be looking to buy alfalfa due to the winter-kill.

Click here to read about some pricing considerations for standing crop from Greg Blonde, UW-Extension.

by Lisa Busse, CCA, Sales Agronomist

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