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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: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/1/2021
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Establishment of alfalfa by interseeding into corn has the potential to double 1st year yields of alfalfa, increase overall forage production and profitability of corn silage-alfalfa rotations, and decrease soil and nutrient loss from cropland. This presentation will describe how to choose suitable field sites, properly amend soil, select suitable alfalfa varieties and corn hybrids, apply herbicides and other agrichemical treatments, and use appropriate planting and harvest management practices to ensure good establishment and production of alfalfa interseeded into high yielding silage corn. We will also highlight needs and opportunities for future research, including and on-farm trials, to further test and refine this production system.