ALFALFA MANAGEMENT GUIDE FOR NINGXIA

Developing modern and sustainable alfalfa production systems in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

 

 

Edited by Dennis Cash (English version) and Hu Yuegao (Chinese version)


This book was a major output of Project TCP/CPR/3104 “Capacity Building in Improved Management of Alfalfa in the Southern Mountainous Areas of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region”, which was delivered in 2007 through 2009. The team members were Dr. Dennis Cash1, Dr. Hu Yuegao2, Li Kechang3, Dr. Wu Suqin4, Zhao Ping5 and Guo Rong.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, December, 2009

Table of Contents
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Chapter 1. Global Status and Development Trends of Alfalfa
By Hu Yuegao and Dennis Cash
1. Brief History of Alfalfa
2. Development of the Modern Global Alfalfa Industry
3. Alfalfa Development in China
4. The Emerging Alfalfa Opportunities in China
5. Constructing a Modern Alfalfa Industry in China
Chapter 2. Alfalfa Establishment and Crop Management
By Dennis Cash and Hu Yuegao
 
1. Sowing (Planting)
2. Management During Seedling Establishment
3. Fertilization
4. Irrigation
5. Weed Control
6. Harvesting
7. Rotation Out of Alfalfa
 
Chapter 3. Biology and Management of Major Alfalfa Diseases and Pests
By Li Kechang, Zhao Ping and Dennis Cash
 
1. Introduction
2. Major Alfalfa Diseases
3. Monitoring Alfalfa Diseases
4. Alfalfa Disease Control
5. Major Insect Pests of Alfalfa
6. Monitoring Insect Pests
7. Insect Control Technology
8. Major Rodent Pests of Alfalfa
9. Monitoring Rodent Pests
10. Control Methods for Rodent Pests
11. Technical Descriptions of Rodent Control Agents
 
Chapter 4. Field Harvest, Storage and Processing of Alfalfa Products
By Hu Yuegao and Dennis Cash
 
1. Alfalfa Hay
2. Alfalfa Silage (Haylage)
3. Alfalfa Hay Processing and Products
 
Chapter 5. Utilization of Alfalfa Products
By Dennis Cash and Hu Yuegao
 
1. Forage Quality Parameters
2. Forage Quality Grades and Marketing of Alfalfa Products
3. Feeding Alfalfa to Animals
 
Chapter 6. Alfalfa Seed Production
By Wu Suqin and Dennis Cash
 
1. Introduction to Intensive Alfalfa Seed Production
2. Field Production Technology
3. Alfalfa Seed Harvesting
4. Post-Harvest Field Management
5. Alfalfa Seed Processing, Storage and Packaging
6. Alfalfa Seed Quality Standards
7. Summary
 

1Professor, Extension Forage Specialist
Animal and Range Sciences Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA
2Professor, Director for Management and Prevention of Desertification, Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing
3Deputy Director, Research Fellow, Ningxia Grassland Management Station, Department of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Yinchuan, Ningxia
4 Deputy Director, Research Fellow, Ningxia Seed Management Station, Department of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Yinchuan, Ningxia
5Senior Agronomist, Ningxia Grassland Management Station, Department of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Ningxia Hui, Autonomous Region, Yinchuan, Ningxia