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2009 IAP Alfalfa Stand Evaluation Workshops Information

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May 1 & 7 Alfalfa Stand Evaluation Workshops

Spring On-Farm Alfalfa Evaluation Workshops by University of Minnesota Extension Institute for Ag Professionals

Thorough and accurate assessment of alfalfa stand health and density is essential to profitable alfalfa production.  Spring green-up is a key time to take a detailed look at all alfalfa stands and make stand management decisions.  The University of Minnesota Institute for Ag Professionals (IAP) will host two on-farm alfalfa stand assessment workshops this spring in Minnesota.

These two-hour hands-on workshops will be held Friday, May 1 near Altura, MN (Winona County) in southeast Minnesota; and Thursday, May 7 near Freeport, MN (Stearns County) in central Minnesota.  Registration starts at 9:30, and the program runs from 10 am to Noon both days.  Workshop registration, locations, and directions can be found on the internet registration sites for each location:  for Altura,  for Freeport. Two certified crop advisor CEUs in Crop Management will be applied for these workshops.  The registration cost for each workshop is $35 which can be paid on-line or in person at the workshop.

Extension Forage Specialist Dr. Paul Peterson will lead the hands-on discussion together with UMN Extension Plant Pathologist Dr. Dean Malvick (Freeport) and USDA-ARS Plant Pathologist Dr. Deb Samac (Altura).  These workshops are also listed on the University of Minnesota Institute for Ag Professionals web site at  under Advanced Workshops.

The alfalfa spring evaluation workshops will provide attendees with a hands-on, in-the-field forum to refine their alfalfa stand assessment and decision-making skills including:

  • Steps to assess spring alfalfa stand health and density in the field.
  • Stand assessment tools, resources, and considerations.
  • Submitting plant samples for diagnosis to the Plant Disease Lab.
  • Cutting management in winter-injured fields.
  • Options to consider when making spring decisions for field rotation, forage substitution, or inter-seeding.
  • Nitrogen credits from alfalfa: How to calculate.

Questions?  Contact Dave Nicolai, Coordinator for the University of Minnesota IAP program, at: or 612-625-2778.

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