Researchers in Idaho, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania are jointly investigating the tradeoffs between the lower yields vs. higher feeding value in alfalfa being cut earlier for the higher quality. They are collecting data on both yield and quality change over cuttings. From the data thus far, Dan Undersander, forage specialist at the University of Wisconsin, has provided the following preliminary summary of their studies.
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Barnhart, Stephen K., "Change in yield and quality of alfalfa" (2005). Integrated Crop Management News. 1363.
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