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Alfalfa: Nitro Graze OMRI

SKU: 1015-1

$9.38 per lb.

Bulk Discount Pricing

2 - 9 lbs.
$8.44 / lb.
10 - 19 lbs.
$7.50 / lb.
20 - 29 lbs.
$6.56 / lb.
30 - 39 lbs.
$5.62 / lb.
40 - 49 lbs.
$4.69 / lb.
50+ lbs.
$3.75 / lb.

Nitro Graze is a high forage yielding alfalfa with a deep crown placement. Like common alfalfa the green leaves are very nutritious and palatable to livestock containing about 16% protein and 8% mineral constituents. It is most commonly used as a hay crop but can be used for supplemental grazing in a cover mix. What makes Nitro Graze stand out is it’s sunken crown. Common alfalfa crowns are set 0.5 inches into the ground compared to Nitro Graze which sets crowns about 1.5 under the soil. This allows the plant to hold up under intense grazing pressure and wheel traffic.  Can be used for several cuttings as its regrowth is very fast, with new growth coming from buds in the crown. Alfalfa also attracts many forms of wildlife and can make a great addition to a food plot or wildlife habitat blend.

Basic Info

Maturity
Late May- Early July
Seeds/lb
147,400
C/N Ratio
12:23
Growth Habit
Prostrate
Winter Hardiness
Zone 5A

Use

Alfalfa is a duel crop with excellent hay potential and good grazing. Alfalfa will best withstand rotational grazing or strip grazing but its best to stop grazing 3 -4 weeks before first frost.

Nitrogen Fixing Potential
10/ 50-100
N Scavenge
5
Dry Matter
3,500-5,500
Lasting Residue
3
Erosion Control
8
Traffic Bearing
6
Grazing Potential
10
Forage Harvest
10
Root Type
Branching Taproot
Soil Builder
7
Cash Crop Interseeding
9

*Based on a 1-10 scale. 1 = Poor : 5 = Average : 10 = Excellent

Advantages

Similar to many other members of Fabaceae, alfalfa plants house symbiotic soil bacteria (rhizobia) in their root nodules to “fix” nitrogen from the air into the soil, thus making it accessible to other plants. This makes alfalfa an excellent nitrogen fixer capable of fixing 50-100 Ibs. of nitrogen per acre. Deer love to graze alfalfa so it makes a great addition to a wildlife food plot.

Subsoiler
3
Surface Compaction
8
Rendering P & K
5
Traffic Bearing
6
Nematode Control
3
Disease Control
5
Allelopathic Effect
3
Weed Control
9
Short Growth Time
8

*Based on a 1-10 scale. 1 = Poor : 5 = Average : 10 = Excellent

Disadvantages

Areas with frequent flooding do not provide the right environment for alfalfa to grow and should be avoided. Alfalfa should not be planted into an already established alfalfa field because the established alfalfa releases a compound that hinders new seeds from germinating. This phenomenon is known as auto toxicity or “self-toxicity.” Alfalfa can also cause bloat and should be grazed with careful management when planted by itself.

Weed Potential
7
Potential Insect/Nematode Risk
3
Crop Disease Risk
3
Effect Cash Crop
3
Ease of Establishment
9
Ease of Till-Kill
3
Ease of Chem-Kill
8
Ease of Mow-Kill
8

*Based on a 1-10 scale. 1 = Poor : 5 = Average : 10 = Excellent

Planting

Alfalfa is best planted in early spring or fall between mid-August and the beginning of October, depending on your frost date. It can germinate above 37F but optimal germination takes place between 65-77F soil temps. The ideal plant depth is 1/5-1/4 inch.

Ideal Planting Time
Early Spring, August - October
Ideal Planting Depth
1/5 - 1/4"
Min Germination Temp(F)
37
Drilled Seeding Rate (lb./A)
5-6
Broadcast Seeding Rate (lb./A)
6-8
Reseeding Potential
Very Possible

Tolerance

Alfalfa is fairly drought tolerant and can withstand heat throughout the summer. It does not tolerant waterlogged or flooded soils.

Heat
8
Drought
5
Shade
8
Wet Soil Tolerance
4
Low Fertility
4
pH
6.5 - 8.0

*Based on a 1-10 scale. 1 = Poor : 5 = Average : 10 = Excellent