Now is the time to consider alfalfa to capture high prices amidst record-low hay stocks. North and South Dakota historically lead the nation in alfalfa production. For growers new to alfalfa, these two tips can help improve profitability:

1. Scout early and often. Look for yellowing and any signs of disease or pests. Common leaf spot and leptosphaerulina leaf spot are commonly seen in the Midwest.

2. Start with the top seed. Select varieties of alfalfa that best fit your management and combat disease. Protection against anthracnose and Aphanomyces disease strains should also be considered for Midwestern growers dealing with these soil diseases.

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