Watch what can happen when growers partner with Holloway’s Agronomy team
Holloway Ag’s agronomists took soil samples from Tom Sandrini’s alfalfa farm because there were areas that were high producing and some that struggled. By analyzing the soil, they recommend and applied a gypsum-sulfur blend of soil amendments in November 2018, as well as a compost blend to help improve yield.
In Sandrini’s first cutting, he produced 2,400 bales. His second cutting was delayed 18 days due to foul weather in May, but even with the two regular irrigations and the hay going without water for 18 days, the 2nd cutting totaled 3,400.
Thirty days later Sandrini did his third cut and got 3,100 bales on the 30-day cycle. One of his smaller fields produced more than 460 bales two times in a row, when only once before had he gotten more than 400 bales of alfalfa hay in a single cutting. The fourth cutting of this field totaled 485 bales!
One of his a 20-acre fields had only produced over 600 bales in a cutting once before. It started out with 465 in the first cutting then jumped to over 870 bales in the next two cuttings.
Sandrini estimates his production to be in the 2.5 – 3 ton per acre range using the prescription from Holloway Ag’s agronomy team.