Your Alfalfa Checkoff $$ at Work


NAFA and HAY & FORAGE GROWER – In an effort to better demonstrate how Alfalfa Checkoff dollars are being put to work for the benefit of alfalfa farmers, Hay & Forage Grower magazine is featuring, “Your Checkoff Dollars at Work” articles which highlight the projects in which the Alfalfa Checkoff is being invested.

Alfalfa hay sample plant tissue analysis and struvite use. Alfalfa farmers, particularly those who irrigate, may be able to save on fertilizer while protecting the quality of their crop, according to first-year results of NAFA’s Alfalfa Checkoff research. Washington State University (WSU) researchers tested whole-plant alfalfa tissue at bud stage to measure phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) requirements for optimum crop yield and quality. Alfalfa Checkoff Tissue Analysis

Tedding’s impact on the production of alfalfa silage. Some who harvest forage, like custom operator Daryll Manthe, DeForest, Wis., have been using tedders in front of their forage harvesters to dry down alfalfa silage faster — depending on the weather. “Tedding is like an insurance policy,” Manthe said. “If you don’t have to ted, then great. But when weather is against us, it speeds drying a substantial amount. We found we’re getting a lot more consistent feed. We can spread it out and don’t have the wet spots here and there.” Alfalfa Checkoff Teddings Impact

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