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CROP LINES COLUMN: The corn after first-cut alfalfa decision

6:51 PM, Mar. 30, 2013
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Although a somewhat common practice, planting silage corn in a field after taking a first-cut harvest of alfalfa is generally not a good economic proposition.

The value of the yield reduction in corn from late planting usually exceeds the value of the harvested forage from a marginal alfalfa stand. Hence, it's typically recommended just to terminate the alfalfa stand early and get the corn planted in a timely manner.

The practice of planting corn after a first-cut hay harvest is a good news/bad news proposition regardless of which decision is made. By plowing and planting corn for silage ...

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