Alfalfa Photo by Kurt Stüber on Wikimedia Commons

Medicago sativa

Common Name: Alfalfa.

Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae.

Known Hazards: The plant contains saponin-like substances. Eating large quantities of the leaves may cause the breakdown of red blood cells. However, although they are potentially harmful, saponins are poorly absorbed by the human body and . . . → Read More: Alfalfa

The Mechanics of Hay

Sickle Bar Mower Attribution Wleiter

The mechanics of hay production should begin with a caution to check and service all equipment thoroughly during the weeks before haying season. it is impossible to calculate the tons of hay that have been damaged because of poorly maintained equipment that was not field ready at harvest . . . → Read More: The Mechanics of Hay

Conservation of Plant Sugars

Plant sugars and other nonstructural carbohydrates are highly digestible; therefore, it is desirable to conserve these compounds during the haying process. Generally, perennial cool-season grasses have higher concentrations of nonstructural carbohydrates than either legumes or perennial warm-season grasses. Lush, immature forages usually have relatively low concentrations of sugars. Forages mowed late in the afternoon . . . → Read More: Conservation of Plant Sugars

Legumes And Grass Pasture Mixes For White Tailed Deer


Alfalfa is currently recommended as the first choice legume to seed. Many studies and observations confirm alfalfa is highly palatable to white-tailed deer when the plants are vegetative and/or actively growing.

Provided moisture is adequate, the plant has good regrowth potential. Separate paddocks can be cut or grazed at staggered times through . . . → Read More: Legumes And Grass Pasture Mixes For White Tailed Deer

Species mixes For Horse Pastures

Alfalfa pastures

Pastures can provide feed for horses from May through September. Generally speaking, grasses prosper during the cooler days at the beginning and end of the growing season, while legumes such as alfalfa and other clovers are most productive in the warmer, midsummer months.

Additionally, legumes add protein to the pasture’s feed . . . → Read More: Species mixes For Horse Pastures

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)


Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) overgrown in the wild.

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae cultivated as an important forage crop in the US, Canada, Argentina, France, Australia, the Middle East, South Africa, and many other countries. It is known as lucerne in the UK, France, Australia, South . . . → Read More: Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)