By David Nicolai and Doug Holen, Extension Educators - Crops
The University of Minnesota Extension Forage Team has developed a list of resources available to livestock and alfalfa producers affected by the recent alfalfa winter injury and winterkill in 2013. These resources are available at the U of MN Extension crops website http://www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/crops/alfalfa-winter-injury/.
Reports of winter injury and winterkill of alfalfa continue to intensify across parts of southern Minnesota. Producers are examining options in light of their field assessment and inventory; many are faced with purchasing hay or growing some type of emergency forage crop. Livestock producers will need to carefully consider short and long-term inventory needs and then manage the damaged alfalfa to get as much tonnage and quality as possible. The University of Minnesota winter injury article for livestock producers, which is located on-line at the U of MN extension crops web site, includes information on Forage Inventory Management, Feeding , Animal and Forage Cropping Options.
The University of Minnesota and Wisconsin Forage Teams are collaboratively working to better understand the scope, severity and causes of this year's alfalfa winter injury that has been reported throughout the two states. We are asking all Minnesota and Wisconsin alfalfa and hay producers to complete a brief 12 question survey before Friday, June 13, 2013. Please answer all questions, and then select "Done" and your answers will be recorded. The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/alfalfainjury2013. One survey per farm is sufficient (individual survey results are confidential and only bulk represented by county and state).
We will share the summarized survey results at future Minnesota and Wisconsin forage programs.
In addition to the forage producer survey we have developed a specific alfalfa winter injury survey for crop consultants and ag professionals to better understand the scope, severity and causes of this year's alfalfa winter injury that has been reported throughout Minnesota from their unique perspective as consultants to forage producers available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013alfalfainjuryconsultant.
Again this consultant survey will help researchers and extension personnel to better understand this year's alfalfa winter injury that has been reported throughout Minnesota thus helping with future recommendations for similar winter injury events. Thank You.