Would you like to know the secret to improving your alfalfa crop yield this season? At Pro-Soil Agricultural Solutions, we have found the following to be some of the most important steps towards success:
- Minimize soil compaction during harvest and fall tillage. Compacted soil will reduce root structure development and restrict the intake of vital nutrients such as potassium.
- Inspect soil nutrient and pH values. An optimal soil pH should be between 6.0 and 6.5 .
- Apply lime at least 6 months prior to planting.
- Select alfalfa seeds from the highest-yielding, well adapted strains. Doing so will give your crop the best chance of fighting pests, diseases, and overcoming stress.
- Inspect your planting equipment to ensure balanced seed distribution and optimal planting depth.
- Prior to planting, perform weed control operations . Your crop yield will be reduced due to competition stress if your crop is forced to fight weeds for soil space, light, water and nutrients.
- Check soils before planting. Temperatures below 50 degrees or uneven moisture distribution can greatly reduce alfalfa crop yields.
- Plant alfalfa crops at the proper time of year. Identify the local recommended planting window as it varies depending on where you live.
- Adhere to recommended seeding rates when planting.
- Observe your alfalfa crop carefully during the first couple weeks.
- Carefully adjust the application of fertilizers and soil bio-stimulants, such as Pro-Soil Foundation.
- Identify the peak harvest window to ensure that you actualize your alfalfa crop’s full yield potential.
Following these recommended guidelines could dramatically improve your alfalfa crop yields this season! Consider utilizing Pro-Soil agricultural products to supplement your existing fertilizer regimen, and contact us for specific application guidelines.