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Monday, August 29, 2016

Rotating alfalfa to corn? Tactics to maximize rotational benefits

by Jeff Coulter, Extension corn specialist

First- and second-year corn following alfalfa usually have increased yield, reduced or eliminated nitrogen requirement from fertilizer or manure, and reduced pest pressure. Successful termination of alfalfa is essential to fully realize these benefits.

Strategies for alfalfa termination and managing the subsequent corn crops to attain the greatest rotational benefits are summarized at http://z.umn.edu/rotation.

More educational resources on corn production are available at Extension’s corn production website.

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