Top Story: Alfalfa pastures


Alfalfa, pastures suffer from
heavy rainfall, saturated soils

By Jennifer Stewart-Burton
May 18, 2011

Consistently saturated soils from heavy spring rainfall have taken their toll on some of Indiana's forage crops - especially alfalfa grown on soils that are less than moderately well drained.

Alfalfa samples that Purdue Extension forage specialist Keith Johnson has seen have suffered from too much moisture.

"Alfalfa is the most prone to problems," Johnson said. "The plants are yellowing or showing a pea green color, which means soils have been too water-saturated for nitrogen fixation to occur."

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