Alfalfa hay quality is a big issue with as many opinions as to what makes quality as there are varieties. It can be variety specific, but Shannon Mueller, UCCE agronomy farm advisor, believes crop management (irrigation, cutting schedule and fertilization) has more influence on quality than the variety.
For more, see: Selecting correct alfalfa at right time simpler than it seems
Dan Putnam, UC Davis forage specialist, holds a fall-planted alfalfa plant in his right hand. The one in his left hand is spring planted. Notice the dramatic difference the root system of the two plants the second year.
Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, a new farm advisor out of the San Joaquin County UCCE office in Stockton, Calif., explained how to sample alfalfa to determine at the Kearney alfalfa and forage field day.
Bob Hutmacher talks about the grain sorghum variety trials he and others have been conducting at Kearney and at other research centers in the valley.
It’s a jungle in the grain sorghum variety trials.
Growers and others at the field day had the opportunity to look some 80 grain sorghum varieties in the variety trials at Kearney.
The alfalfa variety trial at Kearney attracted considerable interest.