Spring seeding of alfalfa is often preferred in many regions of the U.S. However, a late-summer seeding can be successful if proper management techniques are applied. The following information is a summary of some frequently asked questions (FAQ) and some current university recommendations and guidelines for successful late summer seedings of alfalfa.
Alfalfa crops face many insects throughout their growing season. Some of these insects are beneficial and control a variety of pest species throughout the season, while others have the ability to decrease forage tonnage and quality.
Late-summer alfalfa seeding is necessary when a spring seeding has failed or an older stand is deemed unproductive. This timing will allow the establishment of alfalfa fields with an improved chance of success.
Corn and soybean planting season may have been extreme.