2013 Alfalfa Updates  08/29/13 10:33:00 AM

Predicting First Cut Alfalfa RFV Chart
 
PEAQ Stick Readings Tuesday May 28, 2013
I would concur with Bill Hammel's finding as I have taken very similar measurements near Fountain, Preston, Harmony, Altura, Lewiston & Winona. In fact I would go as far as to say that some Dairymen would be harvesting by this coming weekend (May 31st – June 2nd) Would it not be for the extremely wet conditions we are facing! However one good thing to remember is that the generally COOL weather pattern, particularly at night, is likely to keep lignin (undigestable fiber) levels low thereby maintaining The probability that we should have a larger harvest window for digestable fiber within this 1st-crop. As always I would suggest we evaluate each situation individually, as there WILL be some differences & variations in harvest due to current conditions, forage inventory, and the goals of the farm. If you need any assistance in making recommendations or feel that you would like some help please let me know and I will do what I can.

Robb D. Wock
Dairy Production Consultant
(507) 696-6351
rdwock@landolakes

PEAQ Stick Readings Tuesday May 28, 2013
Alfalfa PEAQ Stick readings in the Chatfield and Eyota areas were in the 18-19 inch range which equates to 220 – 225 RFV. I would call it in the pre-bud stage so by next week, if not before, buds will be appearing and it will be time to harvest dairy quality hay. Obviously, this is going to present quite a challenge with the wet weather we have been having but it is what it is and we cannot change it. If any of you are in need of inoculants to protect your forage please let one of us know.

Bill Hammel
Dairy Specialist
All American Coop
507-273-1882
hammell@allamericancoop.com

PEAQ Stick Readings Thursday May 23, 2013
It’s been a spring to remember (or forget) but time marches on. For those of you that are interested the first PEAQ Stick readings resulted in these results: In the Chatfield area alfalfa was 14 inches tall which relates to a RFV of 250. Stewartville was 15 inches or 245 RFV and Eyota was in the 15 – 17 inches tall or 245 – 230 RFV. You may want to harvest when a fresh cut sample RFV numbers are 15-20 points higher than the feed target to allow for harvest loss. Typically when alfalfa gets to be 22-24 inches tall, buds are likely to start to appear and dairymen might want to look for a harvest window. I know, good luck with that.

Bill Hammel
Dairy Specialist
All American Coop
507-273-1882
hammell@allamericancoop.com

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