A new poster has just been published by K-State Research and Extension. The title is Alfalfa Growth and Development. The KSRE authors are Romulo Lollato, Wheat and Forages Specialist, and Doohong Min, Forage Management Agronomist.
You can access the poster, MF3348, at: https://www.bookstore.ksre.k-state.edu/pubs/MF3348.pdf
This poster describes and illustrates the stages of growth in alfalfa, including:
Germination and emergence
Seedling growth and establishment
First trifoliate leaf and buds
Contractile growth and crown development
Root development and nitrogen fixation
Winter hardening and winter survival
Flower bud development
The poster also discusses cutting management.