Evaluating Alfalfa Stands

May 11, 2022


Evaluating alfalfa stands

Will your alfalfa reach its full yield potential?

Assessing the health of alfalfa stands is extremely important in helping estimate future yield potential as well as anticipating which fields are likely to suffer yield loss due to winterkill. Learn from Agronomist Mikayla Caygill as she explains how to evaluating stands.

 


Another valuable piece of evaluating alfalfa stands but one that is often overlooked is taking a close look at the crown of the alfalfa plant. Heavy traffic and compaction cause injury to the crowns creating a wound allowing the introduction of crown rots and other soil diseases. This will impact the longevity of your stand as well as a reduction in yield potential. The root health of alfalfa is determined by on a scale from 0-5 (0 being healthy) and in this case I would call this between 1 and 2 with some light discoloration but still strong enough to make it though the winter.

Add-a-subheading-(1).png

Please contact your local Premier agronomist today if you have any questions on evaluating alfalfa stands.




 

     Mikayla Caygill
        Agronomist

 

 

 

Recent Posts

Mar 01, 2024
The biologicals market is growing rapidly in both size and number of products available, making it increasingly hard to know what works, which products are worth the investment, and how to place for best results. To help our customers navigate this new world, our Premier Agronomy team will be using the WinField® United BioVerified™ designation to help simplify biological recommendations.
Mar 01, 2024
Westby Ace Hardware is your local,  friendly hardware store. As proud members of the Premier Cooperative family, our team of 13 dedicated employees is here to assist you with a warm smile and a wealth of knowledge. Whether you’re looking to fill your grill propane tank, select the perfect paint color for your kitchen, or fix a leaky pipe, we’ve got you covered.
Mar 01, 2024
Happy Spring from your team at Mt. Horeb Lumber Do It Best. Before you know it, the grass will be green and building season will be here. At Mt. Horeb Lumber Do It Best, we’ve been getting ready to serve our customers’ building needs. We have three new team members to introduce this spring.  The team will continue to offer kitchen design, drafting, doors, windows, decking and building materials. Stop in and say hello when you’re in Mount Horeb!