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Mississippi Forages

Can I grow alfalfa in Mississippi?

Photo of cattle and foragesYes, if you and your soil meet all the requirements for growing alfalfa.

First, you need to know the requirements for growing this crop. And second, you must have the soil and soil conditions for this crop.

Alfalfa requires a deep, well drained soil with good internal and good surface drainage. A pH of 6.5 to 7.0 is needed and if lime is applied before planting, time must be allowed for the pH to adjust. Read and study all you can about alfalfa starting with Information Sheet 844 - Alfalfa Production contained in this Web site.