Richters ProGrowers Info

Richters ProGrowers Info

  Alfalfa (Medicago sativa )
Market Products:   (seeds, leaf, herb);   (herb, sprouts)   Market size: (excluding acreage planted for fodder): 12,000 hectares (world); 5,000 ha (North America)   Prospects: prices and acreage up
Culture Seed density: 350 seeds/gram   Exposure: full sun   Soil: light, well-drained; pH 6.0-7.5   Crop duration: 1-4 years
    (herb) Sowing rate: 9-13kg/ha   Planting: sow direct in field in early spring, broadcast or sow in rows, 15-30cm apart. Two or more cuts at bud stage possible; last cut 6 weeks before killing frost. Heavy potash and phosphorus feeder.   Yield: dry herb 8-10,000kg/ha (years 1-4).   Pests: weevil, leafminer, leafhopper, snout beetle   Diseases: verticillium wilt, leafspot, phytophthora root rot.   Buyers want: organic product.  
  (sprouts) Planting: soak seeds overnight; drain, keep moist. Ready in 3-5 days.   Yield: 4kg(sprouts)/kg(seeds).  
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