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KALAMAZOO, Mich. Now is
the time of year to remind alfalfa
growers of their fertilizer needs for
a late summer alfalfa seeding.
Soil pH and fertility are im
portant for a good stand of alfalfa,
points out Darel Zook, Asgrow/O’s
Gold alfalfa and forage mixes
product manager. “Alfalfa
requires a soil pH of nearly 7 for
optimum stand establishment, and
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Fertilizer needs for summer seeding
lime should be applied in time to
react with the soil before the seed
is planted,” Zook says.
He also says that phosphorus and
potassium are essential for a good
stand of alfalfa.
“A readily available supply of
phosphorus within reach of the
young root is required for normal
root development, and a banded
application at seeding time is
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recommended.” Zook says care
should be taken to avoid direct
contact between seed and fertilizer
because of potential damage to
“Potassium is essential to forage
production also,” Zook notes.
“Proper potassium fertilization
helps ensure maximum disease
resistance, winter survival, and
crude protein production.
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Inadequate potassium allows
grasses to take over.”
Critical last dates for summer
seedings in northern states are
early to mid-August, Zook says.
Further south, the last safe
seeding date ranges from late
August near Des Moines, lowa, to
mid-September in the St. Louis,
Missouri, area. “The earlier
seeded stands of alfalfa are
generally the most vigorous and
successful,” he says.
The small size of alfalfa seed
makes it very important to have a
smooth, firm seedbed to maximize
seed to soil contact. Planting rates
vary from between 12-16 pounds
when direct seeding in favorable
conditions, up to 22 pounds in tough
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seeding conditions such as in
terceding and no-till. Planting
depth can range from Vi of an inch
in heavy soils to an inch deep in
lighter soils, Zook advises.
Zook says fertilizer dealers can
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