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John Squire, Ph.D.

John Squire, Ph.D.
Forage Specialist
River Falls, WI

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While most Midwestern alfalfa is planted in the springtime, summer seeding has its benefits as well. For those who like to plant oats with their alfalfa for oatlage or for grain, consider planting a pure stand of oats followed by a summer seeded pure stand of alfalfa. This system will likely be more beneficial for the alfalfa component and still provide the oat crop benefit. The reason for this is twofold: Alfalfa doesn’t do well with competition and weed pressure is less of a problem in summer seeded alfalfa. Another benefit of summer seeding alfalfa is the following year will be a full production year instead of one or two less cuttings after a spring seeding.

You’ve heard us raving over Envita™ for a while now.  Primarily applied in-furrow; though seed treatments and foliar applications have been successful.  Envita can colonize and live within the plant tissue of many plant species to help the plant fix and utilize nitrogen.  It is not limited to the roots or rhizosphere like many nitrogen fixing bacteria.  This is beneficial because Envita has a unique mode of action that allows the plant to better move nitrogen throughout the entire plant at a cellular level and therefore the nitrogen is much more efficient and plant available.

Stalk lodging presents itself worse in some years than others and this is one of those years. Lodging may occur near the crown, above or below the ear, and sometimes higher in the stalk. There are several factors to consider that lead to stalk lodging.

A commitment toward innovation and choice has always been at the forefront of the Legend Seeds product offerings to provide dealers and growers with access to leading-edge technologies and yield enhancement solutions to boost yield and maximize ROI. One product that was introduced in the spring of 2019 and will be offered again through Legend Seeds in 2020 is Envita™, produced by Azotic North America.

We know many of you have concerns about winterkill given the conditions we've faced this winter. Legend Seeds Forage Specialist John Squire, Ph.D., is here to help you with another Alfalfa Moment.

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