Plan to attend alfalfa production clinics held in Menno/Gayville

Plan to attend alfalfa production clinics held in Menno/Gayville Profitable forage production depends on a vigorously growing, dense stand of alfalfa.

Profitable stands are the result of carefully selecting fields with well-drained soil, adding correct nutrients if needed, and using appropriate planting practices to ensure germination and establishment.

Once a good stand has been established, continued production and stand life depends on good management practices. Good management includes maintaining soil nutrients and controlling weeds and insects. Good production also involves deciding when to plow down stands that are no longer profitable.

The final step to profitability in alfalfa production is to set goals for forage quality and use the appropriate harvest techniques to minimize field losses and maximize tonnage of high quality forage.

In order to help local producers be more profitable, an Alfalfa Production Clinic will be held in two locations in southeast South Dakota. The programs are sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service of the South 2 Field Education Unit and South Dakota State University.

Clinics will be held at the Legion Hall in Menno on Wednesday, March 3 and at the Community Building in Gayville on Thursday, March 4. The programs will run from 1 to 4 p.m.

Dr. Peter Jeranyama, Extension forage specialist, will begin the program at 1 p.m. Dr. Jeranyama will be speaking on alfalfa establishment and harvesting management. At 2 p.m. the South 2 FEU agronomy Extension educators � April Borders, John Gille and Steve Sutera � will provide information on fertility, unit cost of production programming and weed control.

Dr. Mike Catangui, Extension entomologist, will be the final speaker at 3 p.m. He will provide information on alfalfa insects, control measures and economic thresholds.

The clinics are open to the public and there is no charge. For more information please contact your local Extension office.

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