Alfalfa Seed Needs

Expected Moisture Lbs of Seed/Acres Acres Planted/50 lb Bag
Limited Irrigation or
Favorable Dryland
Direct Seeding
15 –18 3.3 – 2.8
With Companion Crop 12 –15 4.2 – 3.3
Full Irrigation 18 – 20 2.8 – 2.5
Dryland 10 – 12 5.0 – 4.2
Stand Age Plants/Square Foot
Seeding Year 20 – 30
Second Year 12 – 20
Third Year 8 – 12
Fourth/Subsequent Years 6 – 8

Alfalfa stands should be re-evaluated each year to measure deterioration. The grower may wish to make new seedings when stands are less than the levels shown to the left.