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NEW: 3 Ways Alfalfa Growers Can Improve Quality
Alfalfa growers face several challenges that can reduce the quality of the crop. Three factors they can control are crop maturity, harvest timing and chop height. See how these practices affect alfalfa quality.

3 Ways Alfalfa Growers Can Improve Quality
 
 

Capturing Your Best First Crop of Alfalfa
Timing of the first cutting of alfalfa is critical. The crop loses quality quickly in the bud to flowering stage. Growers who measure quality with PEAQ sticks or scissor cuts can ensure they’re bringing more nutrients in from the field.

Capturing Your Best First Crop of Alfalfa
 
 

Delayed Alfalfa Harvest
Many alfalfa fields have experienced moderate to extreme winter damage. In addition, the drought of 2012 has left many dairy operations with short feed inventories. Finally, the wet, cool spring has delayed field operations in many areas. Dairy farmers must make some difficult decisions this season about how to manage alfalfa yield, quality and plant health.

Delayed Alfalfa Harvest
 
 

Reduced-Lignin Trait Could Revolutionize Alfalfa
Most forage growers associate biotechnology traits with the corn plant. However, for nearly a decade, a consortium of companies have been developing a transgenic trait that could represent the “holy grail” for alfalfa growers. The trait is reduced-lignin (R-L) alfalfa.

Reduced-Lignin Trait Could Revolutionize Alfalfa
 
 

Using PEAQ Sticks to Measure Relative Forage Quality
Predictive Equations for Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) estimates forage quality by plant maturity and height. These four simple steps explain how to use a PEAQ stick to estimate preharvest alfalfa quality.

4 Steps for Using PEAQ Sticks to Measure Relative Forage Quality
 

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