Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State University, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Harvest management affects yield, quality, and persistence of alfalfa. While producers may strive for high yield, excellent forage quality, and stand longevity, all of these goals are difficult to achieve with one system of harvest management. Compromise among these three factors is often necessary. To determine which harvest management system is best for you, you need to understand how yield, quality, and persistence are influenced by plant maturity and harvest methods.
Twidwell, Edward K. and Kepahart, Kevin D., "Harvest Management for Producing Alfalfa in South Dakota" (1994). SDSU Extension Circulars. 462.