June 2 Alfalfa Quality Monitoring Indicates Harvest Time is Here

Regional Extension Educators Scott Reuss and Kimberly Schmidt walked a variety of alfalfa fields on Thursday, June 2nd to assess standing forage quality. The results strongly indicate that optimum forage harvest timing is at hand for dairy farms and can take place whenever beef or heifer forage harvesting is appropriate according to weather. There is still a bit of variance moving from south to north and caused by soil type and age of forage stand. Grasses found in many forage fields in the area are also maturing quickly, with most species heading out. At this stage, they lose forage quality relatively quickly and do not gain much more yield.

The results of the June 2nd survey are listed below. This will be the last forage quality survey completed for 2022.

Site                              County             RFV      Max Ht.
Wausaukee                 Marinette        167          30
Porterfield                   Marinette        179          28
Grover                         Marinette        160          33
Lena                             Oconto            135          38
Lena West                   Oconto            135          38
Spruce (new sdg)        Oconto            163         30
Brazeau                       Oconto            155          33
Beaver (new sdg)        Marinette        157         33
Beaver                          Marinette        152         33
Gresham                      Shawano          150       34
Bowler 1 (New sdg)     Shawano          162       31
Bowler 2 (New sdg)     Shawano          167       30

Farms that have questions for Reuss can contact him by emailing to scott.reuss@wisc.edu or calling/texting him at 715-701-0966.  Any farm that wants to be added to the direct contact list about Extension news or events should contact Reuss in one of these ways, as well.