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Dairy-feed options reduce alfalfa acreage in state

Issue Date: March 18, 2020
By Bob Johnson

Competition from lower cost dairy feeds and the temptation to plant permanent crops have dropped California alfalfa acreage to barely over 560,000, down from 1.1 million as recently as 2006, but the crop also brings long-term soil benefits not measured in the balance sheet for a single season.

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