Alfalfa

Eight Great Reasons to Seed Grass with Your Alfalfa Hay

Margaret A Smith, PhD Albert Lea Seed Forage Agronomist Photo: Alfalfa with 30% grass mix, courtesy of Jerry Cherney, Forage Extension Specialist and Professor of Agriculture at Cornell University Most of the hay stands in the upper Midwest are seeded with only alfalfa. If you’re haying pure alfalfa, you may want to consider adding grass […]

April 6, 2022 | Categories: , Read More >>

Spring Options for Reduced Alfalfa Hay Stands

Margaret A Smith, PhD Albert Lea Seed Forage Agronomist Seeing loss in your alfalfa stand? Whether it’s 100 percent alfalfa or a mix of alfalfa and grass, you will lose some alfalfa each year after full establishment. But what can you do if stand losses are higher than expected? Several options are available, but a […]

March 22, 2022 | Categories: , Read More >>

Should You Seed Hay and Pasture in the Late Summer This Year?

by Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist Late summer may be a good time to establish new forage seedings—if you have adequate soil moisture AND some rainfall is predicted. Success of a late-summer seeding is highly moisture dependent. Late summer temperatures are almost always sufficient to encourage rapid germination and establishment if there is soil moisture […]

July 30, 2021 | Categories: , Read More >>

Virtual Conference Videos Now Available: Forage Day & Small Grains Day

Albert Lea Seed hosted two 2021 Virtual Conference Days: Forages Day and Small Grains Day. The videos of each of those sessions is now available on the Albert Lea Seed Youtube channel, or you can simply view them in this post. Happy learning! Forages Day Optimizing Animal Use of Summer Annuals Presented by Mary Drewnowski, […]

Should You Harvest Your Alfalfa This Fall?

Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist, Albert Lea Seed At the beginning of October in the Upper Midwest, we’re in the period of ‘hay harvest roulette’.  Take a last cutting now? What are the chances of winter kill? Wait another week? Do those chances increase or decrease? There is an element of gambling in farming, but […]

October 2, 2020 | Categories: , Read More >>

Late-Summer Hay and Pasture Seedings

by Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist Late summer is a great time to establish new forage seedings—if you have adequate soil moisture AND some rainfall is predicted. Like the variation in temperature in Goldilock’s porridge, last year was TOO wet in many areas to establish forages in late summer, and, this year, parts of the […]

July 30, 2020 | Categories: , Read More >>