Area Alfalfa Fields Ready for Harvest

The Oconto and Marinette County Alfalfa Quality Monitoring Project collected data from 16 fields in the two counties Monday, May 25.  Alfalfa maturity and growth have progressed to the point such that dairy farms in most of the two county area are able to begin harvesting either right away or by the end of the week, depending on their location.

Nearly all Oconto County fields sampled were at approximately 180 RFV (Relative Forage Value) points in the field, as measured by the Predictive Estimated Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) method.  This would indicate that after accounting for quality losses during harvest, these fields are at the correct harvest stage to balance getting high yield while still harvesting dairy quality forage.

Marinette County fields which were walked are just slightly less mature and/or tall, with standing quality being approximately 200 for most of those 7 fields.  Dairy farms wanting high quality forage will start right away on these fields, as well.  Those farms which want dairy quality, but need better yield will wait between 3 days and a week to start.

The scheduled Friday, May 28th data collection will occur, but will have significantly fewer fields surveyed and will be more northern-oriented.

Any farms with questions about the data can contact Scott Reuss, Agriculture Agent, at 715-701-0966.       

MAX HT. RFV
Chase (’20 new seeding) 29 180
Chase (established) 30 172
Oconto Falls 22 182
Gillett (established) 29 170
Gillett (’20 new seeding) 28 178
Stiles Jct. 28 196
Oconto
Lena (high ground) 30 182
Lena (’20 new seeding) 28 178
Lena North 29 178
County Line 29 185
Beaver West 24 197
Beaver East 27 193
Porterfield 23 202
Crivitz West 26 198
Crivitz North 24 202
Wausaukee 23 203

                                                                                                                                          Scott Reuss

To hear the most recent (monitoring dates of May 24 and 28, June 1 and 4 if applicable) data from this project, farms can hear the recorded data at 715-732-7510.  They are also welcome to contact Reuss directly via e-mail to scott.reuss@wisc.edu or via cell phone at 715-701-0966.