It’s not too late to catch the last two sessions!
For five years, the team at High Plains Journal has brought its series of Alfalfa U seminars to locations from Kansas, to Nebraska, to Idaho and more. This year, however, due to pandemic precautions, the Alfalfa U series is planning to come to a computer screen near you.
High Plains Journal, along with Alforex Seeds and John Deere, have chosen to offer Alfalfa U virtually across four separate dates. And this year, because all of the education will be available online, alfalfa growers finally have a chance to learn from speakers outside of their immediate region that they otherwise might have missed in-person.
Each day’s session will have general topics pertaining to three different alfalfa production regions, but there’s plenty to learn from outside your area. They include:
Feb. 16, Colorado region, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mountain time
Feb. 18, Kansas region, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Central time
March 4, Washington region, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pacific time
For the first time ever, this year we’ll also be offering a separate session just for our Farmer Panel, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Central time, with farmers representing all three regions sharing their knowledge and expertise in raising quality alfalfa for their particular markets.
Head over to www.hpj.com/alfalfau/ to check out the line up of speakers and more!
Webinar: Best Management Practices for Stand Establishment
March 18, 2021 • 11:00am CST
Tune in as industry specialists talk about techniques for getting your alfalfa stands established and ready for winter survival. Some topics we’ll discuss include:
- When is the best time to correct your soil before planting alfalfa?
- Optimal planting methods for stand establishment
- Pros and Cons of coated vs uncoated seed?
- Fertility needs for stand establishment
- Herbicides to use on your alfalfa stands.
- How to prepare your new seeding for winter survival
- Dr. Don Miller – Alforex Seeds
- Dr. Kim Cassida – MI State University
- Dr. Earl Creech – UT State University
Links to previous episodes
Make the Switch! Top Alfalfa Varieties
Looking for greater productivity per acre and improved agronomic characteristics? Make the switch! Alforex offers field-proven, top alfalfa varieties for dairy quality forage to match your growing conditions. With Alforex Seeds, Corteva Agriscience has united its global forage research network with its U.S.-based breeding and testing programs. Our results include milestone varieties and such innovations as multi-leaf alfalfa, hybrid alfalfa, Hi-Ton® fast-growth trait, Hi-Salt salinity tolerance, and Hi-Gest® Alfalfa Technology with highly digestible fiber. We’ve learned how to get more from your acres. Whether it’s helping you grow a crop or helping you grow your expectations of what you can achieve, we’d be pleased to help.
Hi-Gest 360 Alfalfa a Grand Champion at
World Forage Analysis Superbowl!
Lone Hickory Farms (Penn Yan, NY) and Hi-Gest 360 alfalfa Win the Dairy Hay Division of the 2020 World Forage Analysis Superbowl!
Entries were judged on forage analysis (70%) and visual scores (30%). Lone Hickory Farm’s Hi-Gest 360 alfalfa scores were as follows: RFQ – 235, Milk per ton – 3385, Judges average Score 93.5.
Dick and Powell Farms (Cordell, OK) and Hi-Gest 660 took 5th place in the Commercial Hay Division with an RFQ of 246 and Milk per Ton of 3353.
Hi-Gest alfalfa products are preforming extremely well and can help meet the quality hay and haylage needs of dairymen and commercial growers across the country.
Congratulations to all the World Forage Analysis Superbowl winners!
See what our growers are saying about the top alfalfa varieties from Alforex Seeds!
Hi-Gest Grower 2019 NV
“We heard about Hi-Gest® three years ago and wanted to see what it could do. Our first field did 2.8 tons on first crop this year with a 55+ TDN. We produce for export and the hay sold fast.”
Hi-Gest Grower 2019 WA
“This is our first field of Hi-Gest and it’s doing well. The first three crops are testing better than neighboring circles of competitive varieties. So far we like what we see.”
Columbia View Farm
Basin City, WA
Hi-Salt Grower 2021 ND
“This is my first time planting alfalfa. I choose the Rugged Alfalfa for grazing our cattle knowing that we had saline issues with the pasture and on average receive very little rainfall. We are happy with how it’s performing for grazing cattle in the first year with almost no rainfall.”
Hi-Gest Grower 2021 WI
“My Hi-Gest 360 tested 25-26% in protein with good digestion. I was able to cut my protein bill in half. I knew when I hit it in the silo. I had a five pound increase in milk per cow.”
Hi-Ton Grower 2021 MN
“AFX 469 yield has been good, strong and steady. Feed value testing has been consistent. AFX 469 is always right there with the best.”
Hi-Gest Grower 2020 WI
“We have been planting Hi-Gest since 2016 and after the summer of 2018 we’re 100% Hi-Gest. Our nutritionist has found Hi-Gest easy to work with and we like the higher quality and harvest flexibility when we need it. The cows have responded as well.”
Elkhart Lake, WI
Hi-Ton Grower 2020 MI
“We’re on a three cut system and tonnage is big-time for us. That’s why we moved to AFX 469 from another Alforex variety. From the looks of this 160-acre field we’ll be getting the yield bump from this Hi-Ton alfalfa we were looking for.”
Brock Dairy Farm
Hi-Ton Grower 2019 ID
“Once we got the water and fertility right, it seemed genetics was holding our growers back, but as we have moved to varieties like 429, growers are getting more dairy quality hay and upping their yields too.”
Seed Manager, Bingham Coop
Hi-Ton Grower 2019 WI
“The performance is all there with AFX 469 and nutritionally, we could tell when we hit it in the silo.”
Steve & Shelly Becker
Hi-Gest Grower 2021 SD
“In working with my customers in Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota that are growing Hi-Gest® 360, I’m seeing an increase in tonnage and feed value. Good results on the RFV to RFQ and the extra 7 to 10 days flexibility for harvesting does not drop the quality. Also, we’re getting results of high sugars on the refractometer of 10 to 14 brix. Very happy with the results of Hi-Gest 360!”
Sustainable Ag Nutrition Services
Hi-Ton Grower 2021 WI
“I like AFX 579 Hi-Ton alfalfa. It has had good regrowth and tests well for us. The fast regrowth has really helped it establish well.”
Hi-Gest Grower 2021 IA
“The RFV was the highest we’ve had. The stand was very good, even with a finer stem. Hi-Gest® 360 alfalfa has excellent leafiness and yield.”
Hi-Gest Grower 2021 Monroe, WI
“I like to let my Hi-Gest® 360 grow longer for more tons without losing quality. I really like all the leaves. Last year, 2019, it was ten points higher in digestibility than my other conventional alfalfa.”
Hi-Gest Grower 2019 PA
“Quality is everything for us and Hi-Gest 360 in our mixture is working great for us and our hay customers. We’re adding more acres again this year.”
J & L Hay Farms, LLC
Hi-Gest Grower 2021 TX
“Our dairy cows love the Hi-Gest® 660. We green chop everything and we like that it holds forage quality well after bloom, plus we like the fact that we can use lagoon water for irrigation without any effect because of its salt tolerance. It’s the best alfalfa we have ever produced and would recommend to all producers looking for a boost in their operation.”
Del Rio Farms
Hi-Gest Grower 2020 CO
“We keep our fields of Hi-Gest® in separate barns. When we deliver to our dairy customers, we tell them it’s Hi-Gest so they can adjust their ration to the higher feed values. One of our customers wants it for the hot months to keep his cows feed intake up and hold his milk production. Hi-Gest 360 really works for our operation and
Hi-Gest Grower 2019 Pine River WI
“This is our third year with Hi-Gest and we’re seeing a steady increase in the haylage digestibility numbers from our bunkers.”
Magdanz Dairy, LLC
Pine River, WI