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Alfalfa
TOP CONVENTIONAL ALFALFA GENETICS
PROTECT YOUR SEED INVESTMENT
MICRONUTRIENTS
WinField™ Ascend® plant growth regulator accelerates leaf, stem and root growth for strong, healthy plants. It can be used as a foliar application or as a seed treatment.
WinField™ MAX-IN® Boron micronutrient contains boron to help promote plant health and growth, and patented CornSorb™ technology for maximum nutrient efficacy.
WinField™ MAX-IN® Sulfur micronutrient contains sulfur to promote increased plant health and growth. Formulated with CornSorb™ technology, a two-mode-of-action surfactant package that can increase sulfur uptake by 11 percent.
WinField™ MAX-IN® Ultra ZMB® micronutrient contains zinc, manganese and boron for increased plant health and growth, and patented CornSorb™ technology for maximum nutrient efficacy. 

INSECTICIDES
WinField™ Arctic® 3.2EC insecticide contains permethrin for broad-spectrum control of insects in alfalfa.
WinField™ Grizzly® Z insecticide contains lambda-cyhalothrin for broad-spectrum control of insects in alfalfa.
WinField™ Yuma® insecticide contains chlorpyrifos for broad-spectrum control of insects in alfalfa.

ADJUVANTS
WinField™ InterLock® adjuvant locks down your spray investment by creating more optimally sized spray droplets for better spray deposition, improved coverage throughout the crop canopy and less drift.
WinField™ Class Act® NG® adjuvant is a nonionic surfactant plus ammonium sulfate with patented CornSorb™ technology for improved herbicide uptake and performance.

HERBICIDES
WinField™ Dimetric® herbicide contains metribuzin for control of many common weeds in alfalfa.
WinField™ Section® herbicide contains clethodim for annual and perennial grass control.
WinField™ Cornerstone® 5 Plus herbicide contains glyphosate for nonselective control of grasses and broadleaves.

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Whether you are producing alfalfa to feed on your own farm or to sell as a cash crop, CROPLAN® seed has the right conventional alfalfa variety for you. Selecting the right alfalfa genetics is very important for successful alfalfa production and, ultimately, your farm’s success. CROPLAN® seed alfalfa experts can help you match the right high-yielding conventional variety to each field and provide the expertise needed to help your acres reach their full potential.
 
Top 10 for 10 ton alfalfa; Follow these 10 easy steps to maximize your alfalfa’s potential.
1. Variety Selection – Select the best genetics to match the right variety to each field and your management practices
• Fall dormancy and winter hardiness
• Yield and quality potential
• Disease and pest resistance
• Intended use: hay, haylage or grazing

2. Coated Seed – Coating helps improve stand establishment and can increase seed efficiency
• The first 30-60 days after seeding are the most critical time in an alfalfa stand’s life
• GroZone® plus Advanced Coating® ZN 34% (CV) includes
• Nitrogen-fixing rhizobium bacteria
• ApronXL® Fungicide
• WinField™ Ascend® plant growth regulator, growth stimulant to jumpstart each seed
• Micronutrient package provides zinc and manganese

3. Stand Establishment – Improve alfalfa stand establishment
• Seedbed preparation – pack soil, seed, and pack soil again  
• Depth of seeding – ideal 3/8 inch
• When to plant– spring vs. fall
• Equipment – Air flow vs. Brillion
• Seeding rate –  approximately 20 lbs./A for coated and non-coated seed
• Coated seed – GroZone® plus Advanced Coating® ZN 34% (CV)

4. Reading the Stand – Evaluating alfalfa stands and rotating them regularly will increase total production
• Plant Density > 15 plants/sq. ft. in fall of seeding year or > 6 plants/sq. ft. during second production year is non-yield limiting
• Stem Density greater than 55 stems/sq. ft. is non-yield limiting
• Root score of 0 to 2 is a healthy stand for high production
• Nitrogen credit of stand rotation can range between 90 and 160 lbs. N/A

5. NutriSolutions® Tool and Soil Test – Manage macro and micro nutrients for optimum production.  
• Plant Tissue Test
o Verify need of WinField™ MAX-IN® Sulfur
o Verify need of WinField™ MAX-IN® Boron
o Verify need of WinField™ MAX-IN® Ultra ZMB® for zinc, manganese, and additional boron
o Apply WinField™ Ascend® plant growth regulator to promote plant growth
• Soil Test
o pH is 6.8 – 7.2   
o Potassium (potash or K soil test) = 300 lbs. or 150 ppm
o Phosphorous (P soil test) = 50 lbs. or 25 ppm
         
6. Insect Control –  Identify and control insects to maintain superior plant health and quality         
• Potato Leafhopper– 2 per sweep in 1 to 2 inch alfalfa, July and August concern   
• Alfalfa weevil—30 to 40 percent of plants show any feeding, generally first crop concern
• Alfalfa (tarnished) plant bugs – shriveled leaves
• Aphids – spotted, blue, pea, cowpea aphid    
• Additive effect of insects and environmental issues (too wet, too dry)  

7. Weed Control – Genuity® Roudup Ready® or conventional management
• During establishment without cover crop – spray weeds out early to reduce competition
• During establishment with oat cover crop – harvest oatlage at boot stage and spray out weeds and remaining oats.
• Established stands – control weeds when immature, forage yield and quality can be greatly reduced.
 
8. Minimize wheel traffic and soil compaction – Compacted soil can reduce yields  
• Use lightest equipment – reduce wheel loads; 30 to 50 percent expected yield loss in tracks        
• Minimize trips across field – use wider equipment; 80 to 90 percent of most fields covered by tracks
       
9. Optimize cutting management – Harvest alfalfa for highest yield and quality potential  
• Use PEAQ stick to estimate harvest timing. Cut at 24 to 26 inches to provide 170 to 180 RFQ
• Cut every 28 to 35 days during summer growth  
• 4 + 1 cuts per year (fall cut – when you expect less than 500 heat units)
    
10. Harvest and Storage management – Minimize leaf loss from field to storage; minimize loss from storage to feedout
• Leaves = 500+ RFQ; Stems = < 100 RFQ
• Mechanically condition the stems, especially for hay; 60 to 70 RFV at flower and decline with maturity
• Use wide windrows; get to 50 percent moisture as fast as possible 
• Use a forage inoculant for silage and a mold inhibitor (preservative) for dry baled hay 



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