WinField United National Alfalfa Agronomist Randy Welch says conditions varied from east-to-west. “West of the Twin CIties was very, very dry and you go east of the Cities, we had fantastic rainfall and we have farmers with more than enough feed for their dairies. From the Wisconsin standpoint, we’re in good shape and it is not quite so pretty in Minnesota and west.” The new alfalfa varieties are offering more disease resistance. “There are two diseases that we’re focusing on. One is aphanomyces root rot and that wet soil disease is devastating to alfalfa and we add yield by having better disease resistance.” Anthracnose is the other disease concern for alfalfa growers. Welch says new varieties offer Race 5 resistance.
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