How much does it cost to seed an acre of alfalfa?
Alfalfa has to be planted at around 25 pounds per acre if I remember correctly. A 50 pound bag of seed is around $200 last I heard a few years back, so $100 an acre just for seed. Probably $120-150 per acre including tillage costs. via
How many pounds is alfalfa seed per acre?
For pure alfalfa stands, 18 to 20 pounds per acre should be planted. For mixed stands with grass, 15 to 16 pounds per acre is recommended. For broadcast seeding, seeding rates need to be increased by 10 to 20 percent. via
How many seeds are in a pound of alfalfa seed?
There are about 199,000 alfalfa seeds per pound. If that one pound was evenly spread over one acre (43,560 ft. 2), there would be in the neighborhood of five seeds per square foot. via
Is alfalfa expensive to plant?
Roundup Ready alfalfa seed can be expensive, but establishing a new field may not cost as much as you think. With Roundup Ready alfalfa seed costing over $7 per pound, you may want to consider ways to reduce establishment costs. That can lower your seed cost by more than $20 per acre. via
Is alfalfa a good cash crop?
In addition to being an important cash crop for growers, alfalfa is good for our soil. The long alfalfa stand life also gives the soil a chance to rest from frequent field crop rotations, helps provide nitrogen for subsequent crops and improves soil tilth. via
What is the best time of year to plant alfalfa?
If you have land available for alfalfa in late summer, optimal seeding dates are July 15 through August in the Upper Midwest; closer to July 15 for northernmost regions. For growers in warmer climates, seeding into early September is acceptable. via
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Can you overseed alfalfa?
Most producers would probably prefer to overseed additional alfalfa into a thin stand. However, overseeding alfalfa stands over one year old with additional alfalfa seed is not recommended due to the likelihood of autotoxicity issues. via
What size is alfalfa seed?
Alfalfa is planted in the spring or fall. Since the seeds are so small (1-2 millimeters), slightly wider than the tip of a pencil lead, they must be planted close to the surface of the soil. Between 15-25 pounds of seeds are planted per acre, which is about the size of a football field. via
How many seeds do I need per square foot?
Step 5: Start planting! With 3 inch seed/plant spacing needs, you can grow 16 plants in a 1 square foot area. via
How much does alfalfa seeds weight?
It is a general rule-of-thumb that a pound of alfalfa contains 220,000 seeds but studies have shown a range from 196,000 to 224,000 seeds per pound. In addition, some seeds were slightly rounder and flowed through the metering device faster than other varieties. via
Is alfalfa good for humans?
Although alfalfa is frequently used to feed horses and rabbits, it's good for people, too. Besides consuming it as a supplement, humans eat alfalfa in the form of sprouted seeds, found in the produce section of most grocery stores. Just 1 cup of alfalfa sprouts provides the following nutrients: Calories: 7.6. via
Is alfalfa easy to grow?
Alfalfa is a cool-season perennial commonly grown for feeding livestock or as a cover crop and soil conditioner. Alfalfa's extensive root system nourishes both plants and soil. The alfalfa plant has been cultivated for generations and growing alfalfa in your garden is easy. via
How much water do you need to grow alfalfa?
Commonly cited ranges in water requirements for alfalfa are 18 to 36 inches of water per season. Alfalfa is quite tolerant of drought or extended periods without highly available water. via
Why is alfalfa expensive?
Alfalfa hay, in particular, has become more expensive. Because of greater pressure for land use, the amount of land devoted to alfalfa has declined by nearly 4 million acres since 1995. Not surprisingly, as alfalfa supplies have become tighter, its cost has risen by nearly 50 percent in the last 20 years. via
How much do alfalfa farmers make per acre?
The average total yield is 20-35 tons per hectare (or 8-14 tons per acre) per year (distributed in 5-6 cuts). Top yields (intensive farming) can exceed 40 tons per hectare or 16 tons per acre per year. via
How much is a square bale of alfalfa?
At Conway Feed, alfalfa hay is available for $10-13.50 and Bermuda grass hay for $15. From the hay market, square bales, on average, will cost you between $3 and $10 per bale, but some farmers prefer selling their hay per pound, in which case such a bale will be around 50 pounds. via
How long does it take for alfalfa to grow?
Alfalfa requires a minimum of six weeks after germination, and before a killing frost to ensure survival. At least four trifoliate leaves and the formation of a crown are necessary for winter survival. via
How long does it take for alfalfa seed to germinate?
Alfalfa seed germinates best at soil temperatures between 65-85°F. If soil temperature is 40°F, it takes alfalfa six days to germinate, but only two days at 65°F. via
How long does alfalfa last?
Alfalfa can remain productive in stands from four to ten years or more, but as plant population declines renovation eventually becomes necessary. via
What do you plant alfalfa with?
Alfalfa often may be seeded with a companion crop like oats to control weeds and erosion and provide a crop of grain or hay. Clear seeding alfalfa alone, without a companion crop, also works well. via
How deep can you plant alfalfa?
One quarter to 3/8 inch seeding depth is ideal for most soil types; emergence drops off significantly when alfalfa is seeded over an inch deep. Too-fine seedbeds may result in sealing or crusting on some soils. via
What's a good cover crop for alfalfa?
Many other cover crops have been used to seed with alfalfa; the most common are barley and triticale. Barley is perhaps a better cover crop if letting the small grain grow for grain since it matures a week or more earlier than oats. via
Can you plant alfalfa by hand?
You can seed it with a hand seeder or behind a 4wheeler. Alot of FS place have drills you can rent for a day. I have about 3 acres of alfalfa. You can seed alfalfa with a drill, brillion or just broadcasting and rolling. via
Why is my alfalfa not growing?
Sometimes factors beyond our control result in alfalfa stand losses. In other situations, poor stands result from poor soil preparation, improper seeding depth, or bad timing of planting (nearly ALWAYS critical to plant in early fall periods in CA - and this doesn't mean November). via
Can you drill alfalfa?
Use a drill to plant. Do not broadcast seed and till it in. If you can't use a drill, don't plant alfalfa. via
How much does a bag of alfalfa cost?
Alfalfa seed of modern varieties can cost over $4.00 per pound, while older varieties can be purchased for $2.00 per pound or less. via
Can you plant clover and alfalfa together?
Frosty berseem clover mixed with alfalfa can boost yields of hay by almost 30%. Recent studies have shown that an 80-20 alfalfa-berseem clover mix could increase yield, crude protein, and water-soluble carbohydrate levels in hay fields. Hay yields were reported to be increased by more than 30%. via
How many bales of alfalfa can you get per acre?
You should get 150 to 200 bales per acre with Alfalfa/orchard grass. via
What is another name for alfalfa?
Alfalfa (/ælˈfælfə/) (Medicago sativa), also called lucerne, is a perennial flowering plant in the legume family Fabaceae. It is cultivated as an important forage crop in many countries around the world. It is used for grazing, hay, and silage, as well as a green manure and cover crop. via
Why is alfalfa called hay?
Timothy and Alfalfa Hay Blog
The word itself being used to describe “fresh fodder”. Historians commonly believe that the final alteration of the name occurred after being introduced to Spain. The Spanish began grazing and farming the hay, calling it alfalfez and then alfalfa. via
Where was alfalfa first grown?
Alfalfa originated in the vicinity of what is now Turkey and Iran, and undoubtedly was consumed by grazing animals long before there was any recorded history. It probably was also domesticated in this area, and some historians believe this may have occurred concurrently with domestication of the horse. via