Alfalfa is a perennial legume used for hay and forage.  Alfalfa is the most widely grown forage legume in the United States.  Perennials such as alfalfa protect the soil over winter and provide wildlife habitat.  Alfalfa fixes nitrogen and two years of growing alfalfa can provide most of the nitrogen needs for a subsequent corn crop.

Alfalfa Projects

Alfalfa Publications

Alfalfa Variety Trials

Newly revised Forage Legume Bulletin

Forage Legume Bulletin front cover
The third edition of Forage Legumes: Clovers, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Cicer Milkvetch, Crownvetch and Alfalfa is available as a free online publication and features new data in addition to preserving information from previous editions. 


For more information about this project, please contact:

Dr. Craig Sheaffer

Professor, Agronomy and Plant Genetics


Phone: (612) 625-7224

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