Tips For Fall Seeding Alfalfa

Whether you were planning on planting alfalfa this spring and were delayed by the weather or were planning to plant alfalfa in the fall, here are some quick helpful tips to ensure a quality crop:

-Alfalfa does best when the soil pH is between 6.8-7.2. Ideally low pH soils should be corrected with lime one year before planting.
-Plant alfalfa after a cereal crop. Alfalfa is best following a cereal crop because when planted following crops like corn and soybeans there may not be enough time for the alfalfa to get the 6-8 weeks of growth it needs.
-Seed treatments can help alfalfa absorb moisture and grow more quickly, which is key when planting late in the growing season.
-Use a light method of tillage to minimize the depletion of soil moisture. This moisture will be key to getting the alfalfa off to a quick start.
-Plant alfalfa at one half to three quarters of an inch deep in the soil to ensure proper moisture uptake, root set up and growth.
-Control weeds so that alfalfa will not have to compete for moisture and sunlight.
-Be conscious of herbicides that were sprayed previously to avoid herbicide carryover.
These tips should help get your newly seeded alfalfa off to a quick start! Contact your local Centra Sota Crop Advisor with any questions about fall seeding alfalfa

More information: https://www.centrasota.com/CTRA/media/Files/Fall-Seeding-Alfalfa-Tips.pdf
 
Information on HVX Megatron alfalfa:
https://www.centrasota.com/CTRA/media/Files/HVX-MEGATRON.pdf


 
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