Alfalfa management: Deciding on last cutting this fall

Agronomy eUpdate

KSU AGRONOMY – For most of Kansas, alfalfa should be stopping growth after the hard freeze that occurred on October 15. The timing of the last cutting can impact the productivity of the stand in the following year. Thus, at this point in the year, the best approach is to cut right after the first killing freeze, before too many of the leaves have dropped. Producers should be prepared to enter the fields as soon as soil moisture conditions allow. After a killing freeze, the remaining forage (if any) can be hayed safely. However, the producer should act quickly because the leaves will soon drop off. More

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