Replanting alfalfa...how long to wait?
Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:36 PM
Here's the deal...
The "big midwestern late spring freeze of 2007" killed off 2/3 of the remaining plants in an old, dwindling alfalfa/orchardgrass stand. We applied some extra N in '07 and got a couple more cuttings (heavy on orchardgrass, but with a surprising amount of alfalfa), with the plan being to break the field out of alfalfa after 1st cutting in 2008.
Things have gone as expected in 2008. After 1st cutting (in May) we disked the field 2x, plus ran a DoAll and mulcher over it to establish some teff in June.
We did a good job getting rid of the alfalfa: I don't see *any* alfalfa plants in the teff stand. But have to wonder whether the allelopathic effect would still likely be a problem for a new alfalfa stand established this fall (September).
Posted 24 August 2008 - 02:15 PM
It's your seed but in (my opinion only) I would wait till next spring
Posted 24 August 2008 - 02:37 PM
Posted 28 August 2008 - 06:09 PM
Posted 28 August 2008 - 08:06 PM
Posted 12 February 2009 - 03:50 PM
I do not know the why of it. It may be the high 8 pH, it may be the heavy clay, it may be our hot droughty summers or a combinatins of these and other factors.
Posted 13 February 2009 - 05:02 PM
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