By Dave Robison, Alfalfa Product Manager, Legacy Seeds, Inc.
While many producers prefer spring seeded alfalfa, certain soil types or excessive spring rainfall may cause Midwestern producers to postpone spring planting alfalfa. Instead of waiting until the next spring to plant, many farmers in these areas have success by sowing their alfalfa in the late summer. There are many benefits that late-summer seeding alfalfa brings to the producer. Along with these benefits, there are also risks to manage to ensure successful planting. Both the benefits and risks are listed below.