As the 2017 alfalfa season approaches, be sure to assess fields early for insects and diseases. Many insects, especially in the early stages, have similar appearances and can be easily confused with one another. Improper identification of insects can lead to improper management decisions, which can be a detriment to alfalfa crops. Likewise, alfalfa diseases can reduce yields, forage quality and stands.
Creating a preventive management plan and protecting crops early is crucial to reaching higher, more stable yields and elevating overall performance. Utilizing alfalfa varieties with top-performing agronomic characteristics, as well as insecticides and fungicides, when necessary, can help alfalfa crops start strong and protect yield potential, ultimately maximizing return on investment.
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