ECONOMICS OF CHEMICALLY CONDITIONED ALFALFA ON MICHIGAN DAIRY FARMS.

Clarence Alan Rotz

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Abstract

Alfalfa drying models for standard and chemical conditioning were integrated with a whole-farm model of the dairy-forage system. Simulation was used to evaluate benefits and costs of chemical conditioning over 25 years on representative Michigan dairy farms. Conditioning with potassium carbonate can be economical in hay production, but uneconomical in haylage production. An economically-optimum application rate of 500 L/ha was determined for first cutting with optimum rates of 200 and 300 L/ha on second and third cuttings. Use of a heavy swath during field drying caused the treatment to be less effective and uneconomical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1024-1030
Number of pages7
JournalTransactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Volume28
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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