Posted 11/21/2012 21:18 (#2709903 - in reply to #2709321) Subject: RE: Can I No Till Alfalfa?
No-till alfalfa is fairly common around here. I'd prefer no-tilling into corn ground with stalks removed. Also, have seen some no-tilled into soybean stubble; and no-tilling into wheat or barley stubble is common also.
No-tilling into CRP ground would make me very nervous. With the amount of residue there, and increased bug pressure, I think there would be an increased likelihood of stand failure. I'd rather run that CRP ground thru another crop for a year (or two), before trying to seed alfalfa into it.
The other concern I would have is CRP ground may be low in fertility. Run it thru corn or soybeans, and use that time to get soil fertility up-to-snuff, and you will be better off. My opinion.