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Changing the Alfalfa Game: Part 2

Joel and Kyle
Hosts, WinField
Following up on last week’s episode of The Deal With Yield®, host Kyle Reiner and guest Randy Welch dig into HarvXtra® alfalfa management practices and discuss ways growers can incorporate the trait into their operations. Find out what growers are saying about this new technology and why it’s being compared to rebar in concrete. Also, tune in to get the latest on forage grower events coming up this summer.
Season 8: Episode 4 – Changing the Alfalfa Game: Part 2

The Deal With Yield is a podcast series covering the issues that matter most in crop production.

Changing the Alfalfa Game: Part 1

Joel and Kyle
Hosts, WinField
On this episode of The Deal With Yield®, host Kyle Reiner welcomes Randy Welch, CROPLAN® national alfalfa agronomist, to discuss HarvXtra® alfalfa and what this revolutionary technology can do for growers. Tune in to learn how the trait works and how it gives farmers control over the yield-versus-quality tradeoff with a more flexible cutting schedule.
Season 8: Episode 3 – Changing the Alfalfa Game: Part 1

The Deal With Yield is a podcast series covering the issues that matter most in crop production.

HarvXtra® Alfalfa from a Farmer’s Perspective

Carla Fish
Product Development Manager
Genetically engineered reduced-lignin alfalfa available through HarvXtra® is giving farmers more flexibility in cutting management than ever before. With this technology, you have options:
  • Delay harvest to maximize yield potential while maintaining good forage digestibility or
  • Harvest for superior forage digestibility
The technology has been extensively tested, and here’s a look at one farmer’s experience with initial field trials.

Kevin Ihm, who manages a dairy operation in southern Wisconsin, was cutting every 28 days with conventional alfalfa and sometimes getting a relative forage quality (RFQ) of only 130 to 150, which was significantly below what he expected.
 
This past spring, Ihm integrated 260 acres of HarvXtra® alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology into his operation, took a first cutting, then harvested twice more at 28-day intervals. Multiple samples from all three cutting dates revealed an average RFQ of 196. Next year, Ihm plans to move to a 35-day cut with a goal of achieving an RFQ of 160 to 170.
 
Ihm says his HarvXtra® alfalfa plants look leafier in the field and smell fresher than some of his conventional alfalfa plants. “Our test results have been good; but the cows will let us know their opinion,” he notes. Ihm is currently conducting a 12-week feeding trial to find out.
 
Contact your WinField® United retailer for more information about implementing new alfalfa technologies in 2017.

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