The Importance of Alfalfa in Farming Operations

Posted by Forage Complete on February 6th, 2018

Famously known as “The Forage Queen,” alfalfa is one of the most important forage crops in the world. The United States produces more alfalfa than any other country in the world and the top states in terms of overall production are California, Idaho and Montana.

In addition to its value for cattle grazing, hay and silage, alfalfa is very beneficial to organic farming operations as a cover crop and green manure. It reduces expenditures on nitrogen-based fertilizers since, in comparison to other crops—particularly legumes—alfalfa organically introduces higher levels of nitrogen into the soil. Alfalfa is an important crop because of its high biomass production and without the need for supplemental irrigation.

As an animal feed, alfalfa is an outstanding staple for horses, cattle (dairy and beef), sheep, chickens, turkeys and other animals. It acts as a rich source of essential vitamins (A, E, K, D, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, and U), minerals (calcium, potassium, manganese, sulfur, and chlorine) and proteins. Alfalfa also holds important acids which are rich in nutrients and fibers.

Alfalfa naturally and effectively controls pests and weeds and, thus, requires fewer pesticides and herbicides in comparison to other crops. It is often planted to improve the general health of the soil and overall cropping system. Alfalfa’s unique root structure helps to minimize or prevent harmful soil erosion due to wind, rain and irrigation.

Top farming operations across the country trust Forage Complete for their alfalfa seed and other organic products including specialty grasses, oats, clover and corn. Forage Complete adheres to some of the highest standards for quality and excellence in the industry. As an exclusive retailer for NuTech Seed, the comprehensive line of seeds supplied by Forage Complete provides the ultimate in cropping flexibility without compromising performance and yields.

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