RR Alfalfa and a cover crop

Asked April 9, 2016, 9:18 PM EDT

I am going to plant a new stand of alfalfa on 7 irrigated acres. Last year the acreage was in a trigrain mixture that was cut for forage. Would you recommend RR alfalfa and should I plant it with a cover crop?

Utah County Utah pastures and forages alfalfa forage

1 Response

Using roundup ready alfalfa is really a personal preffernce. It can help in getting a good stand established but it is more expensive as well. Its important to remember too that you still need to look at other methods of weed control in order to help prevent pesticide resistance. As far as using a cover crop, some producers do use that to help establish a good stand, as alfalfa is prone to weed issues early on. I would refer you to your local Extension Office for more info specific to your location. You can find them at http://extension.usu.edu/utah/