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Research Project: Improving Forage Genetics and Management in Integrated Dairy Systems for Enhanced Productivity, Efficiency and Resilience, and Decreased Environmental Impact

Location: Dairy Forage Research

Title: Interseeding alfalfa into silage corn: current recommendations

item Grabber, John
item Osterholz, William - Will
item SMITH, DAN - University Of Wisconsin
item RENZ, MARK - University Of Wisconsin

Submitted to: Electronic Publication
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/23/2020
Publication Date: 1/4/2021
Citation: Grabber, J.H., Osterholz, W.R., Smith, D., Renz, M. 2021. Interseeding alfalfa into silage corn: current recommendations. Electronic Publication. #1.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Establishment of alfalfa by interseeding into corn has the potential to double 1st year yields of alfalfa, increase overall forage yields and profitability of corn silage-alfalfa rotations, and decrease soil and nutrient loss from cropland. Over the last decade, scientists at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, the University of Wisconsin and other institutions have been developing reliable methods for establishing alfalfa in high yielding silage corn. This fact sheet describes our current recommendations for implementing this practice on farms.