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Alfalfa Harvest Alert: May 17th

Nathan Drewitz, UMN Extension Educator - Crops, Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Counties

The Alfalfa Harvest Alert program is now in full swing. All of the southern locations have submitted samples and most of the northern locations will have samples collected Thursday, May 20th. The warmer weather has helped alfalfa stands throughout the area make considerable progress over the weekend. This report is for all samples collected on May 17th. 

Alfalfa Harvest Alert Report for May 17th:
Alfalfa Harvest Report May 17th

The goal of this program is to encourage growers to be strategic with alfalfa hay crop harvest. Farmers should make decisions on their own farms based on their specific feed and market needs and field observations.

You can also compare the different counties, and farms that have participated in the Alfalfa Harvest Alert program since 2010 as We hope that this new tool will be useful in making better alfalfa management decisions.

You can get the most recent information through email by signing up at and looking for the "Hay Auction and Scissor Cut/Alfalfa Harvest Alert Information" box.

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