We have a
25 acre alfalfa farm and we are novice farmers
is 8 years old and declining.
near Boise, Idaho and have sandy loam soil.
farmer that cuts, bales and sells our hay says we should re-plant it. Unfortunately, he says we should kill it all
with roundup in order to replant.
He says he
doesn’t know any other way to do it.
I am just
not willing to do that and am trying to find out some info. Perhaps you will know or can refer me to
someone for the info
- Does alfalfa truly have a
natural life, and in order to be more productive, need to be replanted
every 5-8 years or so?
- if it does have a natural life,
do you know of any way to kill it without an herbicide spray?
- But, if it does have a long
life, and just needs better management to remain productive, can a cover
crop be planted into it? If so,
what would I plant and when? Are there any other management techniques that don't involve chemicals?
appreciate any info