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Alfalfa Scissors Cut Project Starts for 2012

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

The Central MN Alfalfa Harvest Alert Scissors-Cut and PEAQ Sampling project has started for 2012 with data collected in Carver, Scott, McLeod, Meeker, Wright, Stearns, Benton and Morrison Counties.

Data from fields measured and sampled on April 30, 2012 are posted at
 Alfalfa Harvest Alert Data 2012 April 30.pdf

There could be a lot of variation between fields based on soil moisture conditions, any earlier frost damage, how late fields were cut in the fall, how much growth was on fields in the fall, hail damage, and other factors.

Some questions have been asked about whether the hay crop will be more mature than height and maturity would indicate because it came out of dormancy so early. The numbers from the first three fields sampled would seem to indicate this won't be much of an issue, but we'll get a better look at that as we see more field and lab results.

More sampling sites will be started on May 3 and perhaps a couple more next week. Results will be posted here as the information is put together.
Read Further for more information.

This link,  Blog Post Scissors Cut Sampling 2012 05 02.pdf ,  will take you to an article that provides more information about where scissors-cut data is being posted and resources that tell about using scissor's-cut sampling or PEAQ field monitoring.

If you're close to Iowa or Wisconsin, they have websites where they are posting some PEAQ numbers also.

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