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  •  We do have alfalfa, we are a big dairy and horse (3+ / 0-)

    region.  (Wyoming County...three cows for every person!)  Also "The Genesee Valley Hunt" sponsors at least two events per year.  Additionally, our area has become quite attractive to the Amish.  All those critters have to eat when there is snow on the ground, so lots of hay is needed.  There are three seasonal race tracks within an hour's drive, those horses do get the good stuff, for sure.

    The alfalfa is cut 3-4 times a year and comes back the next year without replanting.  I think it is also a nitrogen fixing crop so on most of the farms it is included in the rotation.  There is a big business that dries the hay and also makes pellets for animal feed.

    When the plant is working, it smells like the whole town is smoking a doobie.  Took me a while to figure out that it wasn't the college students!

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    by weck on Tue May 27, 2014 at 07:23:02 AM PDT

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    •  My uncle used to grow alfalfa rotated with wheat (1+ / 0-)
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      That was back in the Arkansas River basin.  It's a great crop for bees, makes a great honey.  I was surprised to learn that it is a member of the pea family, but that is where the nitrogen fixing ability comes from.  The Haber Bosch process reliably fixes atmospheric nitrogen into fertilizer, butnat present it consumes about 1% of the world's fossil fuel production and we all would be better off if that part of our food production were put on a sustainable basis - if only because of the CO2 footprint.

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      by tarkangi on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:34:34 AM PDT

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