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Foxtail And Alfalfa

Categories: Grains and Forage Crops

Will foxtail choke out and exterminate alfalfa? Some fields look as

though the foxtail had crowded the alfalfa out, but I hold that the

alfalfa died from some other cause and the foxtail merely took its


Foxtail will not choke out alfalfa, providing, soil and moisture

conditions are right for the latter, and a good stand of plant has been

secured. If anything is wrong with the alfalfa, the foxtail w
ll be on

the alert to take advantage of it. You will always have foxtail with

you, and considerable quantities of it, perhaps, in the first cutting,

because foxtail will grow at a lower temperature than alfalfa, and,

therefore, will keep very busy during the rainy season, while the

alfalfa is more or less dormant, but as the heat increases, if the soil

is good and moisture ample, the alfalfa will put the foxtail out of

sight until the following winter invites it to make another aggressive

growth. Therefore, we answer that alfalfa does not die from foxtail, but

from some condition unfavorable to the alfalfa, which must be sought in

the soil, or in the moisture supply, or traced back to bad seed, and a

poor stand at the beginning.

Which Alfalfa is Best?

I have in Stanislaus county ten acres of Arabian alfalfa, which was sown

the first week in April this year. It was clipped in July and irrigated.

It is now about 14 inches high, but looks sickly, turns white at the

tips, and some dies down. There are several places here with the Arabian

alfalfa on them and with the same trouble, while the ordinary variety is

looking fine by the side of it.

Arabian alfalfa usually makes a good show at first and begins to run out

afterward. It does not seem to be so long-lived and satisfactory as the

common variety. With this prospect ahead of you, according to present

experience, it would seem to be desirable to plow the crop in and seed

again with the common variety, or with the Turkestan, which is proving

the most satisfactory of the recently introduced varieties.