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Alfalfa Harvest Alert for May 14

Taylor Herbert, UMN Extension educator-crops, Wright, McLeod, and Meeker Counties. or (612)-394-5229
Alfalfa scissors cut sample

The Alfalfa Harvest Alert Project/ Scissor Cut project is now underway! The first samples were taken at the end of last week. The goal of the Alfalfa Harvest Alert program is to alert growers to start the first cut of alfalfa when the crop is at a level of quality and yield potential that meets their specific needs. Keep in mind, the goal of this project is not to try and name the exact day of harvest. Rather the goal is to encourage growers who are busy with management of other crops to be more strategic with hay crop harvest as it relates to their needs.

How to get harvest alert data

The May 14  Alfalfa Harvest Alert data is available as a pdf. However, there's also a tool that contains this year’s data and all of the data from every county and farm that has participated in the Alfalfa Harvest Alert Program since 1977. Go to to view the data. You can also get the most recent information through email by signing up at and clicking the "Hay Auction and Scissor Cut/Alfalfa Harvest Alert Information" box.
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