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Friday, May 4, 2012

Alfalfa Hail Damage and Management Decisions

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties

Hail did some damage to alfalfa fields as well as automobiles and homes on Tuesday afternoon and evening on May 1 at places  from out toward Padua in western Stearns County to Albany. In some fields nearly all stems in established alfalfa were broken as stripped of leaves. These will need to start again with new shoots from the crown. In new emerged alfalfa seedlings, stems broken below the leaves are done. I'll attach an article here written previously by Wisconsin Extension Specialist Dan Undersander that offers some discussions about decisions that might be made.
 Hail Alfalfa Undersander.pdf

You can also check this article by Undersander and Krishona Martinson at U of M, also from a previous hail experience: Alfalfa hail damage and management decisions

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