Manure Application to Alfalfa

Dr. Mark Sulc, Forage Specialist, Ohio State University

Applying manure to alfalfa is becoming increasingly common for a variety of reasons. There are several environmental, agronomic, and management advantages and potential concerns with applying manure to alfalfa. This article provides a brief synopsis of those issues, taken from the North Central Regional Research Report 346, “Applying Manure to Alfalfa”, authored by K.A. Kelling and M.A. Schmitt at the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota. At the end of this article, I provide information on how to obtain a copy of the complete report.

The advantages of applying manure to alfalfa include the following: Continue reading