(Juneau) The Dodge County UW Extension office is looking to help farmers determine the best time to cut their first crop of alfalfa. Argronomists at the University of Wisconsin – Madison developed the Predictive Equations for Alfalfa Quality or PEAQ method, which predicts the alfalfa crops relative feed value. The PEAQ method measures standing alfalfa’s forage quality before harvest by measuring height and calculating it against the plants maturity stage. Dodge County Forage Council members will be evaluating forage conditions via biweekly PEAQ readings on Mondays and Thursdays starting on May 20th until June 6th or the seasons first harvest. In addition, Extension Dodge County and the Dodge County Forage Council are asking farmers to report their PEAQ readings to aid in further development and improved accuracy of the program. The procedure for estimating alfalfa RFV using PEAQ can be found at the UW Extension Team Forage Website, http://fyi.uwex.edu/forage/files/2014/01/PEAQTable.pdf.
Producers can keep up on current Dodge County PEAQ readings at https://dodge.extension.wisc.edu/agriculture/forage-council/.
Visit the UW Dodge County Extension online at http://dodge.extension.wisc.edu