Central Wisconsin nearly ready for some first crop alfalfa cutting

An extension agent in central Wisconsin says PEAQ stick measurements Monday in different parts of Clark County show the first cutting of alfalfa coming soon.

Richard Halopka tells Brownfield the relative feed values are getting closer to ideal. “In Dorchester, the alfalfa is less than 12 inches. At Curtiss, we were at 12 inches and 270 relative feed value. Loyal, 14 inches and 250 relative feed value, and here outside of Neillsville, 220 feed value and 15 inches.”

Holopka says the Neillsville farmer whose crop is pushing 220 might be cutting in a week.

Halopka says there is some frost injury to alfalfa in the northern part of the county but it is unclear if that will impact yields much.  He says the southern part of the county is about on-time with crop development, while the northern part of Clark County is more behind schedule.

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