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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.

Get Variety-Specific with Your Seed Management Data

Mike Anderson
Marketing Manager, CROPLAN® corn and soybeans
Corn and soybean growers will have an abundance of choice in preparation for next year. But it’s more than just sheer volume. In a market where every input counts, ‘decision ag’ tools like the R7® Tool will be able to show how environmental and agronomic variables affect performance of a given hybrid. This helps you decide which seed is best for you field, not just a seed that performed best nationally.
Placement strategy coupled with high-end yield potential embodies the 2017 CROPLAN® seed class, with a number of exciting product characteristics not previously available.
  • Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans offer newfound herbicide trait technology for versatile weed control. You will have your pick of 33 new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybean offerings, as well as other high-yielding soybean genetics. Additionally, you will still have access to familiar cropping systems you have come to know and trust, including newer, higher-yielding varieties of Roundup Ready 2 Yield and LibertyLink® products.
  • WinPak® seed is comprised of a combination of offensive and defensive beans in similar maturities combined into one bag. Varieties paired in each WinPak® seed offering work together to buffer the effects of weather, soil and disease variability by protecting yield potential on tough acres while maximizing yield in higher producing areas of a field.
  • Sixteen new hybrids will be available for 2017 planting, each backed by extensive management-specific Answer Plot® program data.
  • SilageFirst™ seed is the newest category of high quality, high tonnage corn hybrids for exclusive use as silage, designed to meet the specific nutritional needs of dairy herds.  
For all new 2017 varieties, visit or talk with your local WinField® United retailer

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