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Alfalfa Food Plot Facts
Alfalfa seed produces a cool season, perennial legume that is high in minerals, vitamins and protein it is one of the most nutritious crops that
can be utilized in any forage situation including wildlife food plots. Planted all over the world, Alfalfa originated near Iran and has been found in one form
or the other on nearly all the continents. Alfalfa represents one of the oldest forage crops. Depending upon the cultivar Alfalfa withstands a wide variety of climates and is highly
drought resistant through dormancy for as much as two years.
Example Varieties: Alfagraze, Amerigraze,
Bulldog 505, Bulldog 805, 403T and 702.
Growing Alfalfa From Seed
Fertilization: A soil test
should be obtained prior to planting. Lime to obtain target
6.7 pH or higher. Very sensitive to soil acidity.
Nitrogen is normally not applied as Alfalfa produces its own when
Use: For quality Hay production; Food Plot for
Deer, Turkey and Rabbits
Management: Alfalfa is a high
management crop requiring monitoring for weevils (alfalfa weevil).
Control insects and nematodes with chemicals or preferably organically. Be aware of risk
of crown and stem rot. Your extension agent can advise on
chemicals approved for your state or alternative organic solutions.
Adaptation: Best on fertile, well
drained soils. Deep / Rich soil types work best. Needs
pH of +6.5 to grow properly. Not for use on sandy / well
drained soils. Irrigation used in many locations.
Preparation: Best on tilled land broken early and allowed to
fallow until planting time. Soil should be packed after
seeding for best results or use a culti-packer for planting.
Planting Alfalfa Seed For Food Plots
Plant 15-25 lbs / acre
Inoculate with Alfalfa
Inoculants prior to planting (If seed is not Already inoculated)
Plant 1/4" Deep - Seed can be rolled into soil.
Alfalfa Seed Planting Dates
Average - AUG-SEPT
View Planting Zone map for more specific info.
Planting Dates For Alfalfa & USA Zone Map
More information on Alfalfa can be found at the following sites
& Other Forage Crops (OMAFRA)
Aphanomyces Root Rot In Alfalfa
Verticillium Wilt In Alfalfa
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