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  Eat More Alfalfa
Alfalfa can be sown in spring or fall, it likes a well-drained soil with potash as a fertilizer.
Because of a long root system which absorbs minerals, alfalfa is an outstanding source of nutrition with calcium, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, chlorophyll and vitamins A, B-12, C, D, E and K. The leaves contain all eight of the essential amino acids.
Alfalfa is an excellent alkalizing food, a mild laxative and a diuretic.
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 Alfalfa - Herbal Index - herbindex.net
Alfalfa is native to Iran, where it was probably domesticated during the Bronze Age to feed horses being brought from Central Asia.
Alfalfa sprouts are used as a salad ingredient in the United States and Australia.
Alfalfa has the potential to be the most prolific of all leaf vegetable crops, processed by drying and grinding into powder, or by pulping to extract leaf concentrate.
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  Database Entry: Alfalfa - Medicago sativa, Alfalfa - Medicago sativa, Alfalfa - Medicago sativa, Alfalfa - Medicago ...
Alfalfa is used as an appetite stimulant, a vitality augmenter (tonic), a digestive stimulant, for insomnia, and to relax the nervous system."
Alfalfa may be used for reducing fevers and rheumatism and has a mild laxative effect.
Alfalfa contains an enormous quantity of nutrients, in a form that is easily digested and assimilated by man. It is up to 50% protein, contains a good quantity of beta-carotene, chlorophyll and octacosanol.
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  MedlinePlus Herbs and Supplements: Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)
Alfalfa is a legume that has a long history of dietary and medicinal uses.
One case report exists of seaweed and organic alfalfa associated with vomiting found to be caused by contamination of the capsules with high amounts of entospore forming and streptomyces-like bacteria.
Alfalfa supplements are not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding due to insufficient evidence and a theoretical risk of birth defects or spontaneous abortion.
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Alfalfa is a perennial plant, living from five to twelve years, depending on variety and climate.
Alfalfa is native to Europe and it widely grown throughout the world as forage for cattle.
The pollinator of choice are the ground nesting alfalfa leafcutter bee, which is cultured in special beds near the seed fields, or honeybees which are trucked to the fields when needed.
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 Alfalfa: Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
Alfalfa is probably native to the area around the Mediterranean Sea, but it is extensively cultivated as fodder for livestock in all temperate climates.
Alfalfa is an excellent source of most vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is critical in blood clotting, so alfalfa may have some use in improving clotting.
Alfalfa is used as to treat arthritis, diabetes, digestive problems, weight loss, ulcers, kidney and bladder problems, prostate conditions, asthma, and hay fever.
health.enotes.com /alternative-medicine-encyclopedia/alfalfa   (900 words)

 Flanders & Radcliffe: Alfalfa IPM
Alfalfa weevils pupa in the litter on the soil surface.
The Huffaker alfalfa subproject concentrated primarily on the alfalfa weevil in the East and Midwest and Egyptian alfalfa weevil in the west.
Alfalfa snout beetle-damaged plants often senesce due to dehydration and die during the course of winter causing dramatic stand losses which are often mistaken for winter-kill.
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 AllRefer.com - alfalfa, Plant (Plants) - Encyclopedia
Of high yield, high protein content, and such prolific growth that it acts as an effective weed control, alfalfa is also valued in crop rotation and for soil improvement because of the nitrogen-fixing bacteria in its nodules.
The alfalfa belt of the United States centers chiefly in the northern and western parts of the country.
Alfalfa is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.
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 Alfalfa - Herbal Encyclopedia
Alfalfa is the dried leaf of a well-known pea family member, with purple flowers and cloverlike leaves.
Alfalfa leaf has been used in tea and dietary supplements to help increase appetite and vitality, reduce water retention, and as a stimulant for digestion and bowel action.
Alfalfa is high in protein and contains vitamins A, B1, B63 B 12, C, E, and K1, along with the minerals calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.
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The energy and protein yield/acre by alfalfa rivals that of a corn crop used for silage purposes.
Depending on whether alfalfa is seeded alone, or with other legumes and grasses, approximately 8 to 12 lbs of seed per acre will usually be needed.
In exceptional cases, where the pest is not controlled, alfalfa can die as a result of alfalfa weevil feeding - for they "continuously graze" until root reserves are depleted and the plant dies.
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 Bodybuilding.com - Alfalfa Information and Product Listing! Alfalfa FAQ!
Alfalfa is one of the most palatable and nutritious cultivated forage crops in the US, and is also the oldest.
Alfalfa is absent from many classic textbooks on herbal medicine, but it does appear in the texts of the Eclectic physicians (19th-century physicians in the United States who used therapies) as a tonic for indigestion, loss of appetite, and poor assimilation of nutrients.
They also recommended the alfalfa plant to stimulate lactation in nursing mothers, and the seeds were made into a poultice for the treatment of insect bites.
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Statewide harvested acres of alfalfa hay are greatest in the Northwest District, with 506,000 acres harvested in 2000.
Alfalfa may be clear seeded into the seedbed with or without the aid of selective herbicides or the crop may be planted along with a "nurse" crop, traditionally oats.
Alfalfa weevils are often blamed for the injuries on the alfalfa regrowth that are actually caused by variegated cutworms.
www.ipmcenters.org /cropprofiles/docs/SDalfalfa.html   (3791 words)

 alfalfa caterpillar - HighBeam Encyclopedia
ALFALFA CATERPILLAR [alfalfa caterpillar] larva of the alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, a member of the family Pieridae.
Found throughout most of Mexico, the United States, and S Canada, it is sometimes a serious pest of alfalfa, clover, and other legumes in the SE United States.
The alfalfa caterpillar is classified in the phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, order Lepidoptera, family Pieridae.
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 Herbal Information Center - Alfalfa - Herbs
Alfalfa has been used by the Chinese since the sixth century to treat kidney stones, and to relieve fluid retention and swelling.
The leaves of the alfalfa plant are rich in minerals and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and carotene (useful against both heart disease and cancer).
Leaf tablets are also rich in protein, vitamins E and K. Alfalfa extract is used by food makers as a source of chlorophyll and carotene.
www.kcweb.com /herb/alfalfa.htm   (243 words)

 Alfalfa Weevil
The alfalfa weevil is a snout beetle about 1/4 inch in length and light brown in color with a dark brown, mid-dorsal band; This insect completes one generation per year.
Yield reduction of alfalfa due to defoliation by weevil larvae is about 170 lb/acre in the first crop for each increase of 1 larva/stem in the population.
Two natural enemies of the alfalfa weevil are wasps that parasitize weevil larvae and a fungal disease that kills both larvae and pupae.
alfalfa.okstate.edu /webnews/alfweevil.htm   (746 words)

 Information on the herb alfalfa.
Animal studies are reported to show that alfalfa leaves help to reduce blood cholesterol levels and plaque formation on the artery walls, and these studies have lead researchers to believe that the herb is effective in treating heart disease and preventing strokes, as well as lowering cholesterol levels.
Homeopaths and herbalists use alfalfa to treat anemia, debility in convalescence, feminine disorders relating to hormonal imbalance and menopausal complaints.
Alfalfa contains vitamin K which is helpful to promote normal blood clotting and vitamin K (as K2) has been found to help prevent bone loss which is coupled to estrogen deficiency and also helps to increase the formation of new bone.
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 Alfalfa Chlorophyll Chlorophyllin Protocol
Alfalfa - Medicago Sativa is the most studied plant in the world.
Alfalfa has More vitamin C than citrus juice, calcium, vitamin K, iron, you name it, it's there!
Alfalfa has more protein than beef, milk and eggs along with sixteen amino acids.
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 Alfalfa - Seed Germination - Seedling Growth - Vegetative Development
The second leaf of the alfalfa plant is usually trifoliolate (three leaflets) and originates from the second primary stem node (Figure 4).
Vigorously growing alfalfa plants quite often have three and sometimes four secondary shoots in addition to the primary or central stem, which forms the characteristic first-year crown (Figure 6).
This process in alfalfa and sweetclover involves a change in the shape of cells in the hypocotyl or seedling axis below the cotyledons and upper portion of the primary root from long and narrow to short and wide as a result of carbohydrate or food storage.
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 G4550 Alfalfa, MU Extension
Alfalfa weevil adults lay eggs in the older alfalfa stems in late fall and early spring, and the larva damage mainly the first cutting.
Control of weeds after alfalfa emergence depends on the individual weeds, the stage of growth of the alfalfa and whether there is a grass with the alfalfa.
Alfalfa in Missouri is subject to several diseases, including phytophthora root rot, bacterial wilt, anthracnose and sclerotinia root and crown rot.
muextension.missouri.edu /xplor/agguides/crops/g04550.htm   (2713 words)

 Alfalfa Leaf Herbal Supplement from Herbal Extracts Plus   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Alfalfa is especially useful for replacing vitamin K that is depleted during treatment with a wide variety of drugs, including antibiotics.
Alfalfa is said to lower cholesterol and prevent the formation of atherosclerotic plaques (by blocking cholesterol's absorption into the body from the intestines), balance blood sugar (especially when taken with manganese) and promote pituitary gland function.
Alfalfa is an immune-system stimulant that promotes normal blood clotting; and the vitamin K content helps treat bleeding gums and nosebleed, but does not interfere with normal circulation.
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 UC IPM: UC Management Guidelines for Alfalfa Weevil on Alfalfa
The alfalfa weevil is an annual pest in alfalfa districts east of the Sierra Nevada mountains and in the northernmost counties of California.
This weevil is similar to Egyptian alfalfa weevil in appearance and habits but differs in biology and distribution in the state.
On short alfalfa early in the season or when stubble cannot be checked with a sweep net after a cutting, treatment is indicated when growth is retarded because of weevil feeding.
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Alfalfa, also known as lucerne, is a member of the pea family and is native to western Asia and the eastern Mediterranean region.
Although conspicuously absent from many classic textbooks on herbal medicine, alfalfa did find a home in the texts of the Eclectic physicians (19th-century physicians in the United States who used herbal therapies) as a tonic for indigestion, dyspepsia, anemia, loss of appetite, and poor assimilation of nutrients.
These physicians also recommended the alfalfa plant to stimulate lactation in nursing mothers, and the seeds were made into a poultice for the treatment of boils and insect bites.
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Alfalfa is one of the earliest cultivated plants, used for centuries for feeding livestock.
Alfalfa is high in vitamin content, providing beta-carotene, various B-vitamins, and vitamins C, E, and K, and can be used as a nutritional supplement.
Alfalfa has also been investigated in the laboratory (but not yet evaluated in people) as a source of plant estrogens, which might make it helpful for menopause.
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 Alfalfa Weevil
The key to economical management of the alfalfa weevil is combining crop management practices, biological control and the use of insecticides only when weevil numbers are high enough to ensure that yield benefits outweigh treatment costs.
Alfalfa weevil adults emerge in the spring after average temperatures reach 60 degrees F. They start chewing holes in young alfalfa leaves as soon as crop growth begins but do not lay eggs for several weeks.
Several natural enemies of the alfalfa weevil have been imported and established in Colorado by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and new species continually are being imported and released.
www.ext.colostate.edu /pubs/insect/05500.html   (1361 words)

 Mysterious Death of Alfalfa : Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Ask someone how Alfalfa died and I'll bet they'll tell you that he was shot to death in a bar over a drug deal - that's the story you'll hear most often.
Spanky, Darla, Buckwheat, Alfalfa and the gang were the first wave of kid stars the entertainment industry ever produced, and they had some of the same problems that their television counterparts would have decades later.
"I'm on a mission to show other "Alfalfa" fans that he may have been murdered in cold blood and possibly a smoke screen and cover-up were created to hide the truth as to the real reason why he was murdered.
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 AGR-76: Alfalfa The Queen of the Forage Crops
Alfalfa has been grown as a forage crop since the beginning of recorded history and can now be found almost anywhere in the world.
It is generally agreed that alfalfa originated in the vicinity of Iran and was first brought to North America by the European colonists in the early 1700s.
Alfalfa should be seeded at 15 to 20 lb of seed per acre for pure alfalfa stands.
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Alfalfa is the most commonly grown forage crop in the United States with 25 million acres devoted to it.
The high food quality of alfalfa allows it to be a suitable alternative to grain feeds.
A good stand of alfalfa has greater than 36 stems/yard2, and a yield of 5-7 tons of forage/acre, though average yields are around 3 tons/acre in Minnesota.
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Oregon-grown alfalfa in the form of hay or pasture is used mainly for animal feed.
Alfalfa is a perennial plant with a normal plant life of 5 years or longer.
Alfalfa growers attempt to control diseases such as leaf and root disease by using treated seed, a few chemicals, and a variety of cultural controls (17, 19).
cipm.ncsu.edu /cropprofiles/docs/Oralfalfa.html   (1135 words)

 Medicago sativa
Alfalfa or lucerne is a highly valued legume forage, extensively cultivated in warm temperate and cool subtropical regions.
Alfalfa may be grown as a cover crop and often increases yield of succeeding crops, as potatoes, rice, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes (increased by 10 MT/ha), corn, apples, and oranges.
Powdered alfalfa is used as a diluent to adjust strength of digitalis powder, and the root has been used as an adulterant of Belladonna root.
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