Fields in the area are in the early to late bud stage with very little change likely due to the daytime temperatures remaining in the low 20’s this past weekend. Looking at the forecast this week it looks like we will continue with rain and cooler temperatures which may help in slowing the drop in RFV.
Most producers are reporting that the alfalfa is in the late veg stage as of May 26. The field at Mather is early bud. The area has seen significant rainfall and this is helping with any dry conditions that may have existed. Over the past 2 days the alfalfa has grown about one inch. RFV continue to drop at about 7 pts/day. The area around Portage has reach the optimum stage but the other areas are still 3-4 days from this point.
For the Northern portion of the area we are seeing the alfalfa in the late veg stage as of this report. The southern portion is in the early to late bud stage. The crop continues to add about 1 inch of growth/day and the RFV is decreasing at 4 pts/day. Even though RFV is dropping slower that in the May24th release we are still on schedule to have Hay Day as the 30th of May. Due to some dryer conditions the Southern portion of the area has reached the 170 RFV ahead of schedule.
John McGregor, MFGA