KingFisher 101 is our BEST priced alfalfa with yield and persistence. Kingfisher 101 is a blend of selected alfalfas designed to give consistent performance, often times integrating some of our best varieties. This variety was previously known as ‘Econo’, which we felt misleading given it placed far above much of our competition at the World Dairy Expo super bowl. With the combination of alfalfas, this product is good for both short and long ratations, easing the strict management of some of our other alfalfas and giving you the biggest bank for your buck!
- Consists of good varieties that have been overproduced
- A good alfalfa at a great price
- Placed well at World Dairy Expo Super Bowl
- Needs well drained soils
- Yield and persistence are better than average
KingFisher 101 is the forage base for many farms today. It is a legume that can fix most of its own nitrogen. Due to the pressures of the rotation schedule on many farms, KingFisher 101 stands are only in production for three or four years before decreases in productivity are noticed. It is important to get all the yield possible in this short time and these high performing varieties are what we focus on.
KingFisher 101 can be planted in the spring or late summer, but we recommend late summer whenever possible. Planting depth should be 0.25 to 0.50 inches with good soil contact. If spring sown, a nurse crop of grass or small grain is recommended to maximize the tonnage in the seeding year. We usually recommend seeding grass with alfalfa to give a higher tonnage and better quality feed for the life of the stand. KingFisher 101 exhibits autotoxicity, which means established plants (older than 6 months) give off compounds that prevent new alfalfa seedlings from establishing.
Once established, KingFisher 101 stand can last for many years. Many modern varieties can handle 28 day cutting schedules and in fact, some elite varieties need that type of management to perform their best. One very critical aspect of alfalfa management is knowing when to take the last cutting in the fall. By using Growing Degree Days (GDD) you can determine the best time to take the last fall cutting. An early fall cut can be taken as long as the plants can accumulate more than 500 GDD to replenish root reserves. A late fall cutting can be taken as long as no more than 200 GDD will accumulate before killing frost (25°F).
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