Checkoff Approves Nine Research Projects in Latest Round of Funding
The proposals of nine researchers were approved in the latest round of U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative (USAFRI) funding, a farmer-funded investment in alfalfa-related research.
Better known as the Alfalfa Checkoff, NAFA’s USAFRI recent request for proposals garnered 16 proposals requesting more than $650,000, demonstrating the high demand for alfalfa-related research funding. Proposals covered a wide range of topics intended to drive innovation and profitability in the alfalfa industry, as well as a broad geographic area. Research projects in California, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Washington, and Wisconsin are being funded. Click here for the complete article.
The U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative (better known as the Alfalfa Checkoff), is starting to pay dividends as the research reports from the first round of funded projects start rolling in. The first of those projects, Evaluation of the Efficacy of Various Herbicides for Control of Broadleaf and Buckhorn Plantain in Alfalfa by Leslie Beck of New Mexico State University, has been completed and the results are available in NAFA's searchable Research Database. Click here for the complete article.
Be Sure to Register Early for NAFA's 2018 Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar (AITS)
One of the most successful programs available for training
professionals in the alfalfa industry about alfalfa
growth and management will be presented in Arden Hills, MN, November 13-14, 2018, at the Land O'Lakes Headquarters. Sponsored
by NAFA, the Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar(AITS) is a must for anyone growing
or working with alfalfa, including agronomists, sales
managers, crop advisors, nutritionists, extension agents,
and alfalfa growers. AITS features some of the nation's leading experts in the fields of alfalfa production and management.
partial list of topics to be covered includes: the role of alfalfa in animal diets; pest management; mowing & field drying; genetics,
variety testing and selection; seed and seed production; growth
and development; irrigation and water
use; and much, much more. Don't miss this
great opportunity to increase your knowledge of all
things alfalfa. Register today! Click
here for more information.
Assess Alfalfa in Fall to Prepare for Spring
Michael Weiss, Agronomic Information Specialist, Bayer Crop Science
Every alfalfa grower needs to ask this important question when assessing a stand of alfalfa - is it good enough to keep? Fall is a great time to make that initial assessment. The weather is nice, and factors such as weeds and diseases can be easily assessed. A stand that is in poor condition in September will not be in any better condition in April. Fall assessment allows the grower to estimate spring seed needs and time to conduct soil testing and apply any needed nutrients prior to freeze-up in fields destined to be planted to alfalfa in the spring. Click
here for the complete article.
Ag Secretary Hears from NAFA Board Member During Listening Session
National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) board member and Washington alfalfa seed farmer Mark Wagoner of Touchet, WA, had the opportunity recently to talk to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue about issues affecting the alfalfa industry at a listening session in Richland, WA. Secretary Perdue was in the Tri-Cities area of eastern Washington to visit with about 200 area farmers about trade, tariffs, farm labor and regulatory reform. Secretary Perdue fielded questions as the guest of U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse of nearby Sunnyside, WA. Click here for the complete article.
Mark Your Calendar - 9th Annual D.C. Fly-In Scheduled for Feb. 4-7
Be sure to mark your calendar for NAFA's 9th Annual D.C. Fly-In scheduled for February 4-7. This event has proven to be very successful in garnering recognition and research funding for our industry. Due to this exposure, we have received nearly $10 million in Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage Systems Research Program (AFRP) funding since 2014. In 2018, we received $2.25 million. We continue to work with Congressional offices to increase AFRP funding to the $5 million level!
NAFA is building a list of growers interested in joining this effort. If you'd like to be on the list, please email us your contact information. Mark your calendars now to join us and add your voice to NAFA’s effort to support the alfalfa industry in our nation's capital.
Warrant herbicide, an encapsulated formulation of acetochlor often used for pre-emergent weed control in soybeans, has received registration for use in establishing and established alfalfa. This product will be an important part of a weed resistance management program in alfalfa. To view a copy of the supplemental label click here.
Here are some important points from the supplemental label:
For fall-planted alfalfa, including Roundup Ready alfalfa, this product may be applied at 1.25 to 2 quarts per acre up to or at the 4th-trifoliate stage following emergence of the new stand, or following green-up or re-growth the following spring.
For spring-planted alfalfa, including Roundup Ready alfalfa, this product may be applied at 1.25 to 2 quarts per acre up to or at the 4th-trifoliate stage following emergence of the new stand.
Use rates are specified by soil type in the supplemental label.
Allow a minimum of 20 days between an application and subsequent cutting for forage or hay, or before open grazing of forage by livestock.
Do not exceed a maximum of 2 quarts (1.5 lbs a.i.) per acre of this product as a single application.
Do not exceed a total of 3 applications of this product per alfalfa growing season.
Do not exceed a combined total of 4 quarts (3 lbs a.i.) per acre per year in newly established stands (seeding year) or in established alfalfa stands (non-seeding year), when making multiple applications of this product or other acetochlor containing products.
As of early September, the states that have officially accepted the label include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Additional states may be added moving forward.
Is the Alfalfa Stand Worth Keeping?
Dr. Dan Undersander, Forage Agronomist and Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Now, before the ground freezes and snow accumulates, is a good time to walk alfalfa fields and decide whether they are good enough to keep for next year, need some remedial action, or should be replaced. Both new (2018) seedings and established stands should be evaluated. Click
here for the complete article.
California Alfalfa And Forage Research Foundation Awards Research Grants
The California Alfalfa and Forage Research Foundation (Foundation), formed in 2015, is pleased to announce that it has awarded its first round of research grants. In April of this year, the Foundation circulated a request for research grant proposals available to researchers from any California university. Interested parties were asked to submit proposals for consideration that would support research activities that are of vital interest and direct benefit to California alfalfa and forage growers.
Nine proposals were received and reviewed by the Foundation board of directors. After careful consideration, the board chose to select three projects that focus on weed management. “After looking at the proposals, it made sense to us to focus on one area – weeds – which was a determining factor in our reluctant decision not to fund equally deserving projects focusing on other areas. We do not intend to have a “theme” every year, but we will always favor proposals that address issues that growers face statewide,” said Philip Bowles, Bowles Farming and Foundation Chairman. Click here for the complete article
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.
"High levels of ash content are problematic in hay since ash
provides no nutritional benefit to livestock. Hay raking may impact ash content, but the effect of different hay rake types on ash content is unknown."
AFRP/APRI final reports and current project objectives can
be found on NAFA's website at
in a convenient searchable database.