- Pick at least five plants with a first-position flower bolls from four different areas in a field.
- Count the node with the first-position flower zero, and move toward the terminal.
- Write down the total NAWF for each sample.
- List the number of plants sampled.
- Divide the total number of nodes by the total number of plants sampled.
|Good prices may prompt growers to irrigate for 1 more cutting.|
The USDA reported Thursday that California has harvested 930,000 acres of alfalfa with an average yield of seven tons so far in 2014 – up 30,000 acres and .20 tons from a year ago. More importantly, prices fetched by growers in the Central San Joaquin Valley, which includes Fresno and Madera counties, are coming in at $375 to $380 a ton for supreme and $334 for premium alfalfa – the highest rate in California and among the strongest in the nation. Strong prices could be an incentive for growers to invest one more time in irrigation water and go for one more cutting of quality alfalfa next month.