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Seeding grasses with alfalfa

Quick facts

Benefits of seeding grass with alfalfa

  • Higher yields with faster drying times.

  • More persistent crop through the winter.

  • Weed and erosion control.

  • Grasses have more digestible fiber than alfalfa.

Seeding grass with alfalfa can boost yield and drying rate while keeping animals healthy. 

Managing tips

  • Only keep stands three to four years.

  • Don’t overseed competitive grasses.

  • Broadcast seed perennial forages and drill small grains and Italian/annual ryegrass.

  • Monitor soil potassium levels.

Reasons to seed grass with alfalfa

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Managing alfalfa-grass mixes

Proper management of alfalfa-grass mixes can ensure that the crop will remain profitable for the duration of its growing time. 

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Grasses to seed with alfalfa in Minnesota

Choosing the right grass seed to mix with alfalfa is important when trying to maximize inputs. 

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Paul Peterson, former Extension forage agronomist

Reviewed in 2018

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