Fall alfalfa harvest management
Many producers like the option of gaining additional forages by harvesting a fall crop of alfalfa. However, use caution when completing this practice. When done at the incorrect time, fall harvest can increase the chance of winter kill by interfering with accumulation of root reserves and decrease next season’s production.
Prepare for optimal alfalfa production next year
Now that fall is here and the alfalfa growing season is nearly over, you may think that your work with alfalfa is done for the year. However, several key actions taken in the fall can prepare your forages for optimal performance and yields next year.