Alfalfa Production Handbook

Alfalfa Production HandbookIf you plan to grow alfalfa in Kansas, K-State has just the guide you need.  The Alfalfa Production Handbook is available online for download as a free PDF.

Topics include:

  • Choosing a variety.
  • Planting times and methods.
  • Stand renovation.
  • Nutrient needs.
  • Irrigation.
  • Common pests and diseases.
  • Cutting and storing hay.
  • Harvesting alfalfa with livestock.

Alfalfa producers will also appreciate the tables at the back, which estimate costs and profits for different parts of Kansas, making it easy for growers to compare alfalfa to other field crops.  Space is included for your own calculations, as well.

Valuable information is concisely packed into these 36 pages.  While you may decide not to follow the instructions to the letter, K-State’s Alfalfa Production Handbook is an excellent place to start if you are new to raising alfalfa.

By hsotr

Pulling from nearly 20 years of experience, Michelle Lindsey started Homestead on the Range to help Kansans and others around flyover country achieve an abundant country lifestyle. Michelle is the author of four country living books. She is also a serious student of history, specializing in Kansas, agriculture, and the American West. When not gardening or pursuing hobbies ranging from music to cooking to birdwatching, she can usually be found researching or writing about her many interests.