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www.croppingcentralllc.com/pdf/resources/agronomy/alfalfa/alfalfa-stand-establishment-cf.pdf

Planting Dates. • April 1 to May 15 for spring seeding. • Alfalfa seed will begin to germinate when soil temperatures are above 37 degrees F. • Less moisture stress and crusting problems in the spring. • August 1 to August 15 for late summer seeding. • Less weed competition in late summer. • Less concern about diseases ...

cestanislaus.ucanr.edu/files/111007.htm

Both day length and temperature then point to an early fall (last twoweeks in September to first week in October) planting date as being idealfor the formation of a strong root system. This laboratory prediction isbourn out by studies conducted in the late '70's which compared yieldsof spring and fall planted alfalfa . During the ...

msue.anr.msu.edu/news/planting_methods_for_successful_alfalfa_establishment

Mar 31, 2011 ... For spring seeding, weed control is essential to prevent seeding failure from severe weed pressure. For conventional planting, pre-emergence herbicide, such as Eptam or Chateau, can be incorporated into the soil before planting alfalfa. On no-till planting, only post-emergence herbicides, such as Raptor, ...

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

Sep 1, 2009 ... Common Mistake Number 4: Plant it and forget it. Cattle love alfalfa. Unfortunately, they are not the only members of the animal kingdom with a taste for it. Insects like it as well. Armyworms can wipe out a new stand in a hurry. In the spring, aphids can suck the life out of a stand, and you won't know it until it's ...

extension.missouri.edu/p/G4550

You can plant alfalfa in early spring or late summer north of the Missouri river. Late summer seedings are not recommended south of the Missouri river in areas where sclerotinia crown and stem rot has occurred (section on diseases). A pre- emergence herbicide, for example EPTC, is recommended for spring seedings of  ...

ocj.com/2012/04/april-a-great-time-for-planting-alfalfa

Apr 24, 2012 ... Once an alfalfa plant has germinated, that new plant needs 6-8 weeks to establish a good root system that enables it to handle warmer and drier summer weather, said Rory Lewandowski, an OSU Extension educator in Wayne County. Planting too late in spring can result in plants that can't tolerate summer ...

www.aces.uiuc.edu/vista/html_pubs/grassroots/planting.html

In the northern quarter of Illinois, spring seedings for hay and pasture species are more successful than late-summer seedings; but in the southern onethird of the state, ... Higher rates have proven economical when alfalfa was seeded as a pure stand in early spring and two or three harvests were taken in the seeding year.

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Feb 10, 2007 ... This was what we did to get the alfalfa going in 2006.

pods.dasnr.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-2584/PSS-2089web.pdf

post-emergence herbicides early in the fall (see pest control). Spring Planting: Spring-sown alfalfa in Oklahoma is more risky than fall plantings. This is primarily due to more problems with strong drying winds, insects, weeds, and intense rains that tend to crust the soil. When spring establishing, planting between mid-March  ...