Alfalfa Stand Assessment: Is this Stand Good Enough to Keep?
Author(s) Dan Undersander, Craig Grau, Dennis Cosgrove, Jerry Doll, Neal Martin
As alfalfa stands age and thin, the primary question becomes: is this stand good enough to keep? Alfalfa stands are often assessed in the spring, but our research shows that evaluating stands in the fall is better because it allows more lead time for planning. In addition, Wisconsin research has shown that stem count is a more accurate method than plant count for estimating the yield potential of an alfalfa field. Find out how to use these tools to assess your alfalfa stand (4 pages; 2011; reviewed in 2018).