Alfalfa is returning to the Southeastern agriculture scene. Once a dominant forage, producers saw an elimination of many productive stands because of several factors, including insects and a harsh growing environment.
Researchers, working with improved varieties, incorporated these varieties into mixtures with bermudagrass. Now, these mixtures allow producers to grow alfalfa for both hay and pasture operations. Growing alfalfa requires more attention to soil fertility compared to traditional southern forages.
The Alfalfa in the South online series will help producers learn how to integrate alfalfa into their operations and to manage it successfully.
The online series, part of a continuing partnership between Alabama Extension at Auburn University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Florida, will include video presentations as well as an interactive roundtable conducted by Zoom.
- Establishment and Management
- Leanne Dillard, Alabama Extension forage specialist
- Weed Management
- David Russell, Alabama Extension weed scientist
- Insect Management
- Katelyn Kesheimer, Alabama Extension entomologist
- Environmental Benefits of Incorporation of Alfalfa Into Forage Systems
- Liliane Silva, Auburn University Animal Sciences postdoctoral fellow
- Economics of Establishment
- Chris Prevatt, University of Florida IFAS beef and forage enterprise budgeting and marking specialist.
- Updates on Research on Alfalfa-Bermudagrass Systems
- Jennifer Tucker, University of Georgia Animal and Dairy science assistant professor
Live Round Table
Producers will be able to hear directly from scientist and producers Wednesday, May 13 at 1 p.m CDT. Mullenix, Dillard, and Silva will be joined by Gerry Thompson and Steve Stroud to host a live round-table discussion on alfalfa systems. Be sure to join in the discussion and ask questions.
Advance registration is required for the roundtable.
For more information, contact Liliane Silva at firstname.lastname@example.org.