Alfalfa is considered the “queen of forages” because it is high yielding, high in forage quality, a persistent perennial, and resistant to many pests and diseases. In the intermountain areas of Northern California, alfalfa is produced in high-elevation valleys; each valley with a distinct physical and climactic characteristics due to elevation and topography. Common to all areas in this region is the relative short growing season which contributes to its higher leaf-to-stem ratio and lower fiber content.
While advantageous in some respects, the region also presents the grower with challenges. Based on UC research, this guide provides a comprehensive look at production in this region.
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