Is irrigation available?
It is an option but say I had 250 acre how much water would I needIs irrigation available?
What is the production rate per acre and how does snow help thereI’m sure you’ll be able to get one nice cutting dry land for sure maybe even two. Assuming the ground should hold all that moisture from 23in of rainfall. My neck of the woods is 17in of rain a year and we usually get 2 cuttings but we do get snow in the winter which really helps.
Really depends on how much fertilizer is put on and how good the soil and strand Is. 2-3ton is avg for first cutting. Second cutting is more like 1 ton an acre. Snow replenishes the ground with moisture.What is the production rate per acre and how does snow help there
And about soil what type of soil typ is the bestReally depends on how much fertilizer is put on and how good the soil and strand Is. 2-3ton is avg for first cutting. Second cutting is more like 1 ton an acre. Snow replenishes the ground with moisture.
Well would it?The question I would ask is would sn alfalfa stand survive year to year during your dry season?
That's alot of water and what about tropical climatic condition does alfalfa thrive cause I been reading too much water is not good eitherYes. it would. If you can get ot established it will happily sit there through a long hot summer. As for irrigation and water requirements, it really depends whether your talking flood or spray. Flood uses around 1 megaliter per acre per watering. 2 watering 2 weeks apart per cut is required. As for spray, that also depends. I might use 8 laps of a pivot over a cut and that uses roughly 32 megs for 65ac. All depends on in crop rainfall as well. Trouble you will have is without irrigation during your dry season you will be trying to make hay during your wet season. Not ideal for curing as you will need 4 to 5 days after cutting. And that's without humidity. Watering in your dry season will give you the best opportunity to make good hay without weather damage.
Really greatfull for the inside knowledge you gave meAlfalfa or LUCERNE as the rest of the world know it, grows from tropical Queensland to Tasmania here in Australia (Think from top to bottom of the country). Tassie might only get a couple of cuts whereas Queensland can see up to 11 cuts per year. That said, I find it enjoys a spell mid season to get good yields.
Sandy loan is some of the best for alfalfa but honestly it depends on the ph closer to 7 the better. Nutrition is another thing you have to have all the right stuff for alfalfa. Phosphate is a big one for alfalfa.Sorry again but what soil typ is best suitable and pH level is the best