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Raising Dairy Quality Alfalfa Hay

Stand Establishment: New Seeding Alfalfa Hay can be planted one of two ways. The first way is by burning the stubble(straw) left after grain harvest in the fall of the year and planting directly into the bare soil. The second way is to prepare the soil on the spring of the year by disking and then roller harrowing the soil, then planting alfalfa or oats + alfalfa into the soil. Once the alfalfa hay stand is established the first year, it does not need to be planted again for the life of the crop(usually 4-6 years).

Harvest: The alfalfa hay crop is harvested 3 times each year(sometimes 4). 1st crop alfalfa hay is harvested the last week of May or first week of June(depending on weather conditions). The alfalfa hay is first cut and put into windrows with a swather. A few days(usually 2) later two windrows are raked together to make one bigger row which will be baled when the alfalfa hay crop has cured(dried) sufficiently. 7 to 14 days after the alfalfa hay is cut(again depending on the weather) it is ready to be baled. Once the alfalfa hay is baled it is hauled and stacked, ready to be sold. 2nd crop alfalfa hay is harvested 4 weeks(depending on weather conditions) after the 1st crop in the same way. 3rd crop alfalfa hay is harvested 4 weeks(depending on weather conditions) after 2nd crop.


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