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Central MN Alfalfa Harvest Alert Data - May 7, 2012

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

UPDATED MAY 9 about 9 PM - Added report from Maus farm near Freeport
The link listed here provides Central "MN Alfalfa Harvest Alert" scissors-cut data and PEAQ readings for May 7 and previous dates.
Alfalfa Harvest Alert Data 2012 05 07.pdf

Some fields are looking about ready, depending on goals, weather and soil conditions. Some fields may be 10 days to 2 weeks later. Read more for other resources.


For more information about Scissors-Cut sampling or PEAQ go to:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/forages and look under "harvest and storage"

You can also find an article by Jerry Cherney at Cornel that provides field indicators and an estimate of harvest targets for alfalfa grass mixtures based on NDF estimates, the height of the alfalfa and the % of grass in the stand.

You can also get more information and order PEAQ Sticks by going to:
Midwest Forage Association
http://www.midwestforage.org

You can check the neighbors:
Iowa:  http://www.extension.iastate.edu/dairyteam/peaq
Wisconsin: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/scissorsclip

Please plan and prepare for a safe hay harvest and encourage a neighbor to do the same.



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