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Updated nitrogen and agronomic guidelines for corn following alfalfa

By Jeff Coulter, Extension corn specialist

First- and second-year corn following alfalfa usually benefit from increased yield, reduced or eliminated nitrogen requirement from fertilizer or manure, and reduced pest pressure.

Nitrogen management guidelines for first- and second-year corn following alfalfa were updated in 2016 and are available at

Strategies for successful alfalfa termination to fully achieve rotational benefits are summarized at

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