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Discussion Board - Re: no till alf alfa

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I've had absolutely great success with no-tilling (pure stand)alfalfa. need to plan ahead and have the existing field rid of most weeds prior to establishment. I've had old stands of fescue and orchardgrass that I sprayed with 2-4D the previous year to clean them up of broadleaf weeds. I used the 2-4D twice during the year, once in spring and then again in the fall. The next spring I sprayed the field TWICE with roundup at a 10 day interval. I probably checked the drill a half dozen times to ensure I wasn't getting the seed too deep. The ground also needs to be dry (or workable)so as to get good seed to soil contact. Once established, you'll need to spray for grass using a product called "Clethodim". It works wonderfully to control crabgrass and foxtail. Do NOT skimp on the seeding rate. I use 25-30 pounds to ensure a "great" stand. THe higher seeding rate also helps to overcome "mechanical" errors of the seeder. A thick dense stand almost totally eliminates weeds. Your stand will start to thin over time due to normal "attrition" or loss of plants. If you have more plants to begin with this helps in the reduction of stand and increases the stand life. No-till alfalfa works, but take your time and do it right the first time.

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