Seed & Chemical
Forage growth advancing rapidly in Ont.
By Top Crop Manager
May 14, 2015 - With warmer temperatures and recent rains, the alfalfa and grass growth and development in Ontario is now advancing rapidly, despite a slow start in early April. Older, less healthy stands are beginning to become yellow with dandelions. Many fields that were fall cut are seeing delayed growth that will likely result in reduced first-cut yields.
According to Joel Bagg, OMAFRA forage specialist, grass stands have responded very well to early applied nitrogen with significantly more growth. Most new seedings are in the ground under excellent conditions.
With good overwintering, excellent seeding opportunities and strong seed sales, forage acreage appears to have increased. There was some frost May 14th, but likely with very little damage to established alfalfa stands and new seedings.