Plentiful rains across South Dakota are bringing in a high tonnage alfalfa crop. The challenging part for some farmers may be getting the crop cut on time. WinField United alfalfa and forage specialist Jeff Jackson says farmers were watching their fields, thinking the crop wasn’t blooming as quickly as expected. “Alfalfa stands look good. Farmers should be mindful the weather impacts growth and regrowth.” Jackson says there will likely be a lot of hay in South Dakota, the big unknown is quality. “If you’re trying to find high Relative Feed Value hay it could be tough, but there were lots of hay meadows harvested. The question will be quality. The tonnage will be there based on what I’ve seen so far.” Jackson also says there is still time for fall seeded alfalfa.
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