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  1. Vol. 52 No. 3, p. 128-130
    Received: June 19, 1959

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The Influence of Cutting Interval on Alfalfa in the High Andes1

  1. Loy V. Crowder,
  2. Jaime Vanegas and
  3. Jose Silva22



Percentage of flowering was not a reliable guide for alfalfa harvests since plants remain vegetative throughout the year and appearance of flowers is sporadic and erratic. Clipping alfalfa when new shoots were 2 inches high resulted in high quality forage and hay yields equal to those from other cutting frequencies. Many plants had not reached apparent physiological maturity when clipped every 5 or 7 weeks, but many leaves were lost when cutting was delayed longer.

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