How Much Does Alfalfa Seed Cost?
Alfalfa is a herb that can be used for medicinal purposes or feeding animals. When properly grown, harvested and stored, alfalfa is comparable to corn in terms of the total digestible nutrients for livestock. It also has more protein content per dry matter than any other forage crop.
How much is it?
- On average, alfalfa seed will cost you about $4 to $9 per pound. You will need about 15 to 20 pounds of Alfalfa seed per acre. Generally, the more you purchase, the lower that price will be.
- Hancockseed.com, an online wildlife seed company, sells a one-pound bag for $9.50 and a five-pound bag for $28.99.
What is going to be included?
- Alfalfa seed produces a cool-season, perennial legume which is high in vitamins, minerals, and protein. It is among the most nutritious crops that could be utilized in any forage situation, including the production of hay, pastures and wildlife food plots. Alfalfa originated near Iran and is found in one cultivar or another on virtually all continents; it is planted all over the world.
- Depending on the cultivar, this crop withstands a wide range of climates. It is highly drought-resistant through dormancy for as many as two years.
- The planting of Alfalfa seed alone can be able to sustain the honey industry, due to the high nectar quality. Alfalfa is very important as a pollinator crop and also for the conservation of honey bees and other pollinating insects.
- Alfalfa is a legume that has a variety of uses. It can be used as pasture crop for livestock and horses, used in rotational grazing practices, planted with other grasses to increase soil fertility and planted in erosion control areas as well as in wildlife food plots. In silage, Alfalfa is combined with grains and molasses. In combination with grasses, Alfalfa reduces the issue of bloating that can result in death.
- The leaves, sprouts, and seeds of alfalfa can be used to make different medicines. These can be used to treat kidney, bladder, or prostrate problems; high cholesterol and blood sugar; and other conditions such as asthma, arthritis, and upset stomach.
What are the extra costs?
- One area not to seed alfalfa is in the fields where the soil fertility, mostly potassium content, is poor. Therefore, you will need to buy fertilizers to add to soil nutrition content as needed by the crop. These fertilizers include DAP, CAN and NPK fertilizers.
- You will also need pesticides to control insect pests and weeds that could affect production.
- Other costs include labor costs and machinery for planting and harvesting.
Tips to know:
- The ideal pH level for the best performance of the crop is at 6.5 or higher.
- Alfalfa attracts turkey, deer, and rabbits. It is a highly preferable feed for grazing animals such as livestock, horses, and wildlife. However, you will definitely want to protect your crop with fences so that wildlife does not destroy or eat it.
- To produce good yields, you need to plant about 9kg and 11kg of Alfalfa seed per acre. The ideal time for sowing the seeds in the field is during early spring or late summer. The crop is expected to mature after 70 to 90 days. Alfalfa is one of the best forage crops. Its taproot allows the crop to continue being productive under fairly dry conditions, and a few forage plants have the capacity to produce additional protein per acre. Nonetheless, this crop has a richer taste, and it needs fertile, well-drained soil in order to be most productive. Crop fields with a variable drainage could be better suited to planting Alfalfa seed.
How can I save money?
- Establishing an alfalfa crop is not a cheap proposition. One way to save money is to pay attention to the seeding equipment. You need to calibrate the seeders when you begin seeding to optimize the seeds.
- Also, seeding rates will vary from variety to variety. You need to compare the seeding rate, seed lots, price and yield of each cultivar and opt for one that will give you the best value for your money. The price per seed will also vary depending on the order. The more you purchase, the more you can save.
- If you plant, harvest, and sell the alfalfa efficiently, you could potentially end up making money after a few years.