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Winter injury of alfalfa: Strategies for livestock producers

If there’s significant alfalfa winter injury and winterkill, livestock producers must plan carefully to reduce the economic impact.

Assess the damage, work with your management team to carefully consider short- and long-term inventory needs, develop a plan to meet this year's feed needs and then manage the damaged alfalfa to get as much productivity as possible.

Aim to return to a normal cropping strategy next year and maintain the long-term profitability of your farm.

Determine damage extent and inventory needs


What to do if you’re short on inventory


Jim Salfer, Extension educator; Dan Martens, former Extension educator; Jim Paulson, former Extension educator; Dave Nicolai, Extension educator and Phyllis Bongard, Extension communications specialist

Reviewed in 2018

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