Yuma County, Arizona
June 2, 2004
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Adding Moisture to Windrows: Producing high quality
hay in hot, dry desert areas is a challenge due leaf loss when raking
or baling. Growers typically wait for dew to appear late at night or early
in the morning. Leaf losses can range from 5 to 10% even under the best
conditions, and can be as high as 20% or more if the leaves become too
dry. Windrow moisture can be increased by irrigating closer to cutting
or by applying moisture to the windrow. Moisture can be applied to windrows
with equipment as simple as a water truck or with specially designed spraying
Weed Control: Dodder (
is becoming increasingly widespread. It can be effectively controlled
preemergence with multiple applications of trifluralin granules. Post
emergence control can only be successful if the current crop foliage is
destroyed along with the dodder that is living off of it. Any contact
treatment that desiccates the crop but does not effect the below ground
portion of the alfalfa will work.
10 Year Summary (May 18, to June 1, 1995-2004):
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