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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfalfa

Alfalfa /ælˈfælfə/, Medicago sativa also called lucerne, is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae cultivated as an important forage crop in many countries around the world. It is used for grazing, hay, and silage, as well as a green manure and cover crop. The name alfalfa is used in North America. The name ...

www.noble.org/news/publications/ag-news-and-views/2009/september/common-mistakes-in-growing-alfalfa

Sep 1, 2009 ... Alfalfa requires high amounts of P and K, both for crop growth and for replacement of what is removed in the hay. If you can't afford to ... field and say, "I did that." If your seedbed is not that good, don't plant alfalfa. Use a drill to plant. Do not broadcast seed and till it in. If you can't use a drill, don't plant alfalfa.

animalrangeextension.montana.edu/forage/documents/growing%20alfalfa%20for%20hay.pdf

Alfalfa is easy to harvest and cure under good weather conditions. The leaves contain a high percentage of protein and vitamins, so harvest techniques must retain as many leaves as possible. Stage of growth when alfalfa is harvested ( Table 2) is the major factor in determining forage quality. Total Dry Matter (DM) yield.

www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/alfalfa/growing-alfalfa.htm

Feb 25, 2016 ... Unless growing alfalfa as hay for livestock, allow it to grow until crops are ready to be planted or its purple blooms appear, at which time you can simply mow it down and till it into the soil or leave it. The alfalfa shoots will breakdown. This ' green manure' will then fertilize the soil as well as stimulate microbial ...

www.hobbyfarms.com/how-to-grow-hay

May 6, 2016 ... The amount of hay your fields can produce will depend in great part on the number of important nutrients available in the soil, so supplying fertilizers every few years can help you to greatly improve yield. Rotating the crops you grow in your fields can also be helpful, especially with alfalfa, which doesn't ...

ag.umass.edu/crops-dairy-livestock-equine/fact-sheets/harvest-management-for-high-quality-alfalfa-hay

A shortened alfalfa growing season in northern regions will make it necessary to combine calendar dates and stage of development into harvest strategies. ... The main thing farmers can do to speed the drying process is to use a well adjusted mower conditioner, so that stems are completely crushed and hay is laid down in  ...

www.alfalfa.org/pdf/alfalfainthesouth.pdf

Production problems, such as a lack of modern well-adapted varieties and pest infestations, limited alfalfa yields and stand persistence. Low fertilizer and transportation costs during this era made it impractical for livestock producers in the South to grow their own alfalfa. If they needed alfalfa hay or other protein supplements ...

www.ask.com/youtube?q=How+Do+You+Grow+Good+Alfalfa+Hay&v=y9EBsD1BfXQ
Jun 3, 2010 ... Dr. Dan Undersander from UW-Madison demonstrates the key points which lead to growing a new stand of alfalfa.

www.heirloom-organics.com/guide/va/1/guidetogrowingalfalfagrass.html

High in protein and minerals, Alfalfa hay is a high-energy feed source for cattle, horses and sheep. Dairy cows in particular have much to benefit from the high rate of protein contained in Alfalfa, sometimes exceeding 25% of mass. Also well- suited to younger animals or those with greater protein needs. As always, consult an ...