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Where does alfalfa grow best?

By: Krishna Sai ThotaUpdated: February 15, 2021

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Easily grown and propagated, alfalfa adapts well to nearly any garden, tolerating a wide range of growing conditions. It makes a good drought-resistant plant too, as it doesn't like wet feet. In fact, too much moisture can lead to mold growth. When growing alfalfa, choose an area with plenty of full sun.

Also asked, where does alfalfa grow in the US?

California is the largest producer of alfalfa in the United States followed by Idaho & Montana.
United States 57,581,000
Rank State % Of U.S.
1 California 4.50%
2 Idaho 3.13%
3 Montana 2.91%

Likewise, what is the best time of year to plant alfalfa?

In years with adequate rainfall, late summer or fall is typically the best time to establish alfalfa. Yields from late summer seeding are generally higher than yields from spring seeded alfalfa in the establishment year.

How long does it take alfalfa to grow?

about 40 days

How much does it cost to plant 1 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.

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What month do you plant alfalfa?

Alfalfa has a wide range of recommended seeding dates. In the Upper Midwest, alfalfa fields can be seeded anytime from mid-April through May. Early June for northernmost dairy regions is fine. Like with any seed, soil temperatures and soil moisture together are important for germination.

What is the best way to plant alfalfa?

Since alfalfa roots quickly, it doesn't require deep planting—only about a half inch deep. Merely sprinkle the seeds evenly onto the soil and cover lightly with dirt. Use about ¼ pound of seeds per 25 square feet and space rows about 18-24 inches.

How much does an acre of alfalfa yield?

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. You can enrich this article by leaving a comment or photo of your alfalfa harvesting methods and yields.

Does alfalfa increase estrogen?

Alfalfa contains fiber and a substance called saponins, which are thought to bind with cholesterol in the body and may reduce cholesterol levels. In fact, alfalfa phytoestrogens caused the growth of estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells. Alfalfa seeds also contain a toxic amino acid, L-canavanine.

Does alfalfa come back every year?

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.

How do you eat alfalfa?

Another way to add alfalfa to your diet is by eating it as sprouts. Alfalfa sprouts can be added to your diet in many ways, such as in a sandwich or mixed into a salad. You can buy these at health food stores or sprout them at home.

How much is a bale of alfalfa worth?

Specifically, alfalfa-grade hay bales are priced between $140 and $165 per ton, while grass, midquality hay bales are selling for $125 to $150 per ton.

How deep do you plant alfalfa?

Since alfalfa roots quickly, it doesn't require deep planting—only about a half inch deep. Merely sprinkle the seeds evenly onto the soil and cover lightly with dirt. Use about ¼ pound of seeds per 25 square feet and space rows about 18-24 inches. You should begin to see sprouts within seven to 10 days.

What's the best fertilizer for alfalfa?

Newly seeded alfalfa can benefit from 10-15 lb of nitrogen fertilizer per acre to ensure a good start, particularly on sandy or low organic matter sites and with early spring plantings into cold soils.

How much does alfalfa seed 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.

Will alfalfa reseed itself?

Recommended intervals of six or twelve months were most frequently reported, but the range was two weeks to 24 months. Many respondents commented that their most common recommendation was to reseed alfalfa after rotation with a non-legume crop grown for one or more seasons.

How often do you have to plant alfalfa?

Alfalfa has a wide range of recommended seeding dates. In the Upper Midwest, alfalfa fields can be seeded anytime from mid-April through May. Early June for northernmost dairy regions is fine. Like with any seed, soil temperatures and soil moisture together are important for germination.

Does alfalfa grow year round?

Alfalfa can grow year-round, and yield over 14 tons/acre of high quality forage, the basis for milk production-such as this drip irrigated field in Imperial Valley, CA. An average CA alfalfa field can produce a potential milk yield of 2400 gallons/a/year.

Does alfalfa grow in clay soil?

Alfalfa does well on well-drained soil rather than wet, heavy clay soils and requires good soil pH ranging from 6.5 to 7.0.

Where does alfalfa grow naturally?

It is grown in environments ranging from burning hot deserts to cool high mountain valleys, from the frozen continental climate of Minnesota, to the Mediter- ranean valleys of California. Alfalfa can grow on soils ranging from beach sands to heavy clays.