During the course of the winter, dairy farmers in the Montgomery/New Prague area pondered how well their alfalfa was going to survive the winter; the results are in! As we have walked fields within the last few weeks, we are seeing big differences from field to field.
As expected, new seeding survived exceptionally well. Older stands with adequate regrowth did well with an exception to areas where water ponded during the winter. Older stands that were clear cut going into the winter are seeing death loses of an excessive 50 percent. The natural of the stand loss varies in type from the occasional plant to all the plants.
River Country Cooperative advises you to walk your fields and evaluate stand quality. If you have any questions or concerns, please call one of your representatives. We would be happy to help you!