The Manitoba and Forage Grasslands Association (MFGA) is looking for alfalfa growers to submit alfalfa samples in May and June as part of its Green Gold program.
Hay fields must be fairly new, mostly alfalfa and in good condition. Producers must sample fields every Monday and Wednesday, and courier the alfalfa to Central Testing Laboratory. MFGA will cover these costs and email results to participating producers twice a week.
Unusual environmental conditions, including cool weather and extreme warming, mean alfalfa quality has peaked much earlier than the traditional early bloom stage in previous years. The Green Gold program has helped producers pick the optimum hay day and avoid deteriorating quality.