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Alfalfa poor stand, What do I do?
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Bill Smith    Posted 07-30-2001 at 21:13:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I planted alfalfa a year ago and it turned off dryer than a bone. This spring I had to replant. I planted about the 10th of May after working the ground all down again. I came up with a fair stand in some area's and poor in others. Some places there isn't any. The weeds have been doing much better than the alfalfa and I mowed it off high one time to snip everything down to the same height. The weeds are back tall again and I need to cut it short now to hopefully kill the weeds and give the alfalfa a fighting chance. The problem is I don't know if I should enterseed the whole field or what. I really don't know if I should try to salvage this feild or rule it a total disaster. I really need the hay but there is no reason to pore money down a rat hole. I know that established alfalfa gives off a toxin that kills new alfalfa but I think I still have a little time to enterseed. But what about the bad weed and starting grass problem. The weed and starting grass problem is affecting the whole field. How would enterseeding be in this weedy condition and how would it do competing with all this. I am in North East Kansas and any ideas or information on this would be appriciated.

magpie    Posted 08-03-2001 at 21:55:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have had good luck in the past starting a new alfalfa feild, by using oats as a nurse crop. The oats comes up real good. Seems to kind of discourage the weeds untill the alfalfa gets a start. I let the oats get to a soft dough stage then cut it as greenfeed. I never did mess with the soil tests too much although I do use lime and sulpher. I am in southern B.C. so different climate. Also I'm not an expert just trial and error.

Farmer-Gene    Posted 07-31-2001 at 09:31:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bill, like IHank said, a soil test is very important. Your co-op should be able to do it or tell you where to take the samples. 8 pounds to the acre is rather light which is probably why your having weed problems 12 to 15 is recommended but I usually try to go 15 to 20 depending on germination percentage and amount of hard seed in the alfalfa, also if your using a grain drill it will take more than if you use a brillion. If the rest of the field has a good stand I would reseed the bad spots and have your co-op spray the whole field for weeds, that is if you planted alfalfa only, cause the spray will kill everything but the alfalfa.

IHank    Posted 07-31-2001 at 05:39:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bill- This might sound like a stuck record... Suggest you do a good soil test in your field. Find out what is needed and what might be a problem for alfalfa. Then, do accordingly.

One of the beauties of having a hay field is that it gets mowed and the forage carried away 3 times a year. That does a good job of getting rid of weeds.

You might try mowing the bad area real close to the ground, disking it up good, and re-seeding. But, along with that trick you'd be smart to follow what the soil test report sez. Good luck, IHank

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