As the snow melts and the grass turns green, livestock producers will start to access their land and devise a forage plan. South Dakota State University agronomy field specialist Sara Bauder says on the plus side, producers have become more interested in and willing to try new practices. “Of course it isn’t good that it was a difficult year, but it got people thinking about dual purpose crops,” says Bauder. “In a time when row crops markets are what people want to see, alfalfa, cover crops or other forages may be a good option for them.” The past couple years, SDSU Extension forage trials have been focused on alfalfa varieties. Bauder thinks alfalfa is an under looked part of South Dakota cropping systems. Get more details in the full RRFN interview.