May 15, 2018

John Deere to Host NAFA Summer Board Meeting - June 25-27
Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative Awards Funding to Seven Projects
The Cost of a Windrow
AFRP/APRI Research Summaries
"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!
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John Deere to Host NAFA Summer Board Meeting - June 25-27

The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) has scheduled its summer board meeting for June 25-27 in Olathe, KS. The meeting will be hosted by NAFA member John Deere and held at the company's Ag Marketing Center in Olathe, located twenty miles southwest of downtown Kansas City. Make plans now to attend! NAFA board meetings are open to all NAFA members. If you're interested in attending, please email the NAFA office so we have an accurate count for meals & tour transportation at

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Five Projects Receive Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative Funding

The Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative (APRI) awarded $100,000 in funding to five research projects focused on supporting the health of non-Apis alfalfa pollinators. APRI, a coordinated research effort managed by the Pollinating Insects Research Unit in Logan, UT, focuses on: management for crop pollination; population sustainability; environmental safety; epidemiology and disease management; and genetics. The program is managed by Diana Cox-Foster of USDA's Agricultural Research Service (located at the Logan Bee Lab in Logan, UT). Click here for the complete article.

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The Cost of a Windrow
Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin

When harvesting hay or haylage we tend to think in terms of how long it takes to get the hay off the field. However, the first concern for quality hay/haylage should be how long it takes to lose the first 15-20% moisture. Forages have 75-80% moisture when cut; they will continue to respire sugars (break down and give off heat and carbon dioxide) at a high rate until the plant is dried to 60% moisture. Click here for the complete article.

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AFRP/APRI Research Summaries

NAFA has been fortunate to secure funding for two public research programs - the Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage Systems Research Program (AFRP) and the Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative (APRI). NAFA News will feature both progress and final reports from these programs to keep you informed of progress in these areas. Click on the project title to access the full report.

Lethal and Sublethal Effects of a Systemic Pesticide on Alfalfa Leafcutter Bees - Roulston - University of Virginia

"Sulfoxaflor had a substantial positive effect on plant flowering but a substantial negative effect of adult leafcutter survival within 1-several days after treatment. Studies focused on determining the exact duration of time before it is safe to introduce adult leafcutter bees following application are warranted."

All AFRP/APRI final reports and current project objectives can be found on NAFA's website at in a convenient searchable database.

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"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!

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DIAMOND - $20,000+
Alforex Seeds
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America's Alfalfa
California Alfalfa Seed Production Research Board
CROPLAN By Winfield United

Hay & Forage Grower
Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission
W-L Research
GOLD - $5,000 - $9,999
DuPont Pioneer
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John Deere
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SILVER - $1,500 - $4,999
California Alfalfa & Forage Association
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JR Simplot
Kansas Forage & Grassland Council
MacDon Industries Ltd.
Midwest Forage Association
Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee
Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association
Nelson Irrigation Corporation
Nevada Alfalfa Seed Commission
Utah Farm Bureau Hay Committee
Washington State Hay Growers Association

ASSOCIATE - $500 - $1,499
American Seed Trade Association
Anderson Hay & Grain
Harvest Tec
HayDay Farms
Michigan Forage Council
Monsanto BioAg
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Noble Research Institute
Oregon Hay & Forage Association
San Joaquin Valley Hay Growers Association
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