You can better manage your farm’s legumes by understanding how alfalfa and other legumes grow and adopting proven strategies to handle winter injury.
Life cycles of legumes
Forage legumes vary in terms of their life cycle, the amount of nitrogen they can fix, how well they can adapt to challenging conditions and their susceptibility to insect damage and diseases.
By understanding the characteristics of forage legumes, you can better identify, use and manage them on your farm.
Nutrient guidelines for alfalfa, grasses for hay and pasture, grass-legume mixes, and other legumes. Includes link to alfalfa fertilizer recommendation calculator.
Crop and weather damage
Learn about alfalfa's water use, its tolerance to drought and drought effects on establishment and existing stands.
Winter injury of alfalfa
Many factors can contribute to winter damage of an alfalfa stand. All are important to consider when making spring assessments, and managing injured stands.
- How to assess winter injury
- Factors that affect alfalfa's ability to overwinter
- Managing injured stands
- Options if large portions of the stand are damaged
- How to assess the damage
- How to determine your forage needs
- Options if you're short on inventory