Alfalfa Planting Guide

Alfalfa stands should be re-evaluated each year to monitor deterioration.  The grower may wish to establish new seedlings when stands are less than the levels shown in the Alfalfa Stand Evaluation Guide below.

Alfalfa Stand Evaluation Guide
Stand Age Plants/Sq. Foot
Seedling Year 20-30
Second Year 12-20
Third Year 8-12
Fourth/Subsequent Years 6-8


Alfalfa Seeding Rates
Expected Moisture lbs. of Seed/Acre Acres Planting/50lb 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