Alfalfa

Distinct deep tap root; erect
stems 2' - 3' tall from wood
crown; purple flowers for most improved varieties; stem and leaves smooth; leaves arranged alternately on stem; each has 3 leaflets with smooth edges.

HayGrazer's

Cimaron SR
Saranac AR
Vernal

 
         
  Uses: Hay, pasture, and silage.

Weight per bushel: 60lbs.

Seeds per pound: 220,000

Germinating time: 7 days

Fertilizer: At seeding, Zero N, 110-140lbs. P205, 110-140lbs. K20 at medium soil test levels. Use borate fertilizers (2-4lbs. B) annually. For top-dressing 70-90lbs. P205 and 220-360 K20 annually for medium soil test levels. Split applications: half in fall and half in spring. Lower levels required for pasture.

pH Range: 6.8-7.0

Soil Adaptation: Deep, well drained soils, with sandy clay loam to clay subsoils.

Inoculation: Essential. Use commercial inoculants. Cross inoculates with sweet and bur clover.

Planting: 30-60 days before first killing frost in fall or 30 days before last killing frost in spring at 15-25lbs. alone, or 10-20lbs. with 3-5lbs. of orchardgrass.

Method of planting: 6" - 8" rows or solid seeded. Conventional seeding, cover no deeper than 1/4" - 1/2", preferably with cultipacker. A firm and compact seedbed is essential. No- till seeding (graze or mow to have sod short). Kill all vegetativ e competition with herbicide, use insecticide, plant 1/2" - 3/4" deep with no-till drill.

Harvesting: Harvest at late bud to 1/4 bloom, except first cutting. First cutting should be made in (hay or silage) bud stage or when orchardgrass begins to head. Alfalfa may be cut 3-5 times per year at 30-40 day intervals, depending upon location in state and average rainfall. Make last cutting 3-4 weeks before average date of first killing frost in fall or in time to allow 6" - 8" of re-growth. Allow at least one harvest to reach 1/10 bloom to help persistence.

Harvesting (pasture): Use grazing-tolerant varieties under continous stocking. Hay-type varieties should be rotationally stocked with 1-7 day grazing periods and 25-40 day rest periods. Avoid bloat by seeding with grass, turning cattle into new paddock only after forage is dry (no dew), and not allowing cattle to get to hungry prior to turn in.

Approximate Yield: 3-6 tons of hay per acre.
 
         
         
       
  HayGrazer's (top hay producer)
HayGrazer gives hay yields equal to the best hay varieties. Manage HayGrazer for hay as you would any hay variety. For highest yieldl and quality take the spring cutting in the bud state. Thereafter, cut every 28-42 days. Cutting for hay and  grazing may be combined in a flexible system for greater profitability.
 
 
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  Cimaron SR
Inoculated (Yet Not Coated for High Purity Content)
High Yield / High Quality Hay
High Disease Resistance
Alfalfa Weevil Resistance
 
 
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  Saranac AR

 
 
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  Vernal
Produces high yields even on fields where root rots are a problem Uniquely winterhardy, a full season variety with the winterhardiness of varieties adapted to the far north.
Wide spectrum pest resistance decreases yield fade in later stand years
Very high yield potential, top performer in University yield trials
Resists stem nematode problems common to lighter soil
Very fast recovery and very good frequent cutting tolerance
 
 
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