Growing Alfalfa in the East

J. M. Westgate
1912 Scientific American  
On iimest98e soil� blue grass is very apt to crowd out the ' alfalfa plants. On other soils crab grass seems to take front rank among the alfalfa enemies. Plant dis eases are always preying on alfalfa. These are espe cially troublesome when the vigor of the alfalfa is re duced by growing in soil not perfectly adapted to it. Spring Seeding Versus Late Summer Seeding. Much money and effort has been and is still being wasted by seeding alfalfa at the wrong season of the year. Many experiments have
more » ... ny experiments have indicated that spring seeding, except in the extreme North, is a dangerous practice. The young plants are of a slow growth at first and as a consequence are easily crowded out by the more aggressive weeds in the late spring and early summer. The seeding should take place the mid dle of August in the latitude of Maryland and Virglnia. Every hundred miles north calls for the seeding to take place one week earlier, while for every hundred miles south the seeding should be delayed for one week. If the land has been plowed and frequently harrowed for six weeks or two months before seeding, the plants will frequently prQd,uce a growth of ten to twelve inches be,fore cold weather. This comparatively heavy
doi:10.1038/scientificamerican07131912-30 fatcat:hpb6ebk3xbcklgimunccjlv3vu