Alfalfa - Updates from the UC Alfalfa and Forage Blog
Added April 11, 2019
It is both a blessing and a curse that alfalfa in California's Central Valley essentially grows all winter long. Although we can get very high early yields, if conditions are too wet, the fields look pretty ragged after a winter which saw rains in...
Added April 5, 2019
There is little doubt that the heavy late rains we've seen in spring, 2019 in the northern part of California will reduce yields and quality for many alfalfa growers. How much depends upon soil type and the flooding risk of individual fields and the...
Added February 22, 2019
Have you seen this crop injury in your Roundup-Ready Field or conventionl field? If so, we want to hear from you. We are asking alfalfa growers everywhere to look for the following symptoms (below) of injury in Roundup-Ready (or RR-HarvXtra) alfalfa or...
Added January 23, 2019
In a period when we've had high rains, it's very difficult to manage excessive winter growth in a Mediterranean climate. We're familiar with the term 'sheeping-off' for describing the use of sheep to graze alfalfa fields during the wintertime to remove...
Added January 22, 2019
Alfalfa and grass hays produced in the US ending up feeding dairy cows in Riyadh or Bengbu? Who would have thought? What was once a minor curiosity has fully emerged as a major market for western US hay producers. Hay has been traditionally been fed to...
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