Alfalfa is a perennial forage legume with high yield and forage quality that was once dominant in the Southeast. However, because of challenges related to insect control and weather limitations, its use decreased over time.
A recent network collaboration, led by the University of Georgia with Auburn University and the University of Florida, is working to expand the use of alfalfa into forage-livestock production systems in the region. The goal is to improve animal diet quality and performance.
Alfalfa in the South
Earlier this year, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System released the Alfalfa in the South Online Series. This series contains six webinars on alfalfa related topics including establishment, management, environmental impacts, and the economics of alfalfa systems. This content is free to the public and is available at www.aces.edu.
Alabama Extension professional continues to work to promote and expand the use of alfalfa forages systems in the Southeast.
As part of this continued work, these professional have developed a survey that aims to identify the main barriers to alfalfa adoption by farmers. This is a multi-state applied survey and the target audience is hay or beef producers who have planted or are interested in planting alfalfa in the future.
Alabama Extension specialists and others across the Southeast are asking producers to help with this important work. The information gathered from these surveys is needed to develop more effective research and educational programs related to forage crop improvement in the region.
The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. All information will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by applicable state and federal law.